December 16, 2010

Troop B Crash Numbers Down in November Despite Big Spike in Scotland County

November was a safer month in 2010 on northeast Missouri roadways according to recently released accident statistics from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Unfortunately for local drivers, Scotland County drivers bucked the trend that saw a decline in traffic crashes investigated by the Patrol compared to last year's totals.

According to Sergeant Brent Bernhardt, troopers filed six crash reports in Scotland County in November with a total of seven drivers or passengers injured. Nearly one third of the total accident-related injuries for the year (25) in Scotland County occurred last month.

Scotland County was just one of four counties in the 16-county Troop B region of the Missouri State Highway Patrol that saw its accident numbers increase in November this year.

Overall, the region witnessed a decline from last year's total of 139 accident investigations to just 116 during the month this year. However, that has not stopped the region from witnessing an increase in traffic crashes in 2010. Through the first 11 months of the year, Troopers investigated 1,260 crashes, compared to 1,213 in the same time frame in 2009.

Fatalities on Troop B roads are also up, with 25 traffic-crash deaths reported by the Patrol in 2010, compared to 22 last year. There were three fatal accidents in November in Troop B, one each in Adair, Lewis and Shelby counties. Scotland County has been the site of one fatal traffic accident in 2010.

A total of 33 traffic accidents have been investigated by the Patrol in Scotland County in 2010, the same number as a year ago.

Randolph County was the busiest in Troop B with 17 crash investigations in November, also making it the busiest county for the year with 151 crash investigations performed by the Highway Patrol, narrowly edging out Macon County (149) and Ralls County (138) for the dubious honor.

Knox County has witnessed the fewest crash numbers in Troop B in 2010 with just 29. Schuyler County (32) and Scotland County (33) ranked second and third on the safest roadways list.

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