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Traffic Fatalities, Including Motorcycle Riders, Increase In Missouri

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Motorcyclist fatalities are up 33 percent since august 2020, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. That’s when the repeal of the all-rider helmet law in the state went into effect.  The number of riders not wearing helmets who were killed in crashes increased from two in the first six months of 2020 to 31 so far in 2021, according to a news release.

And MODOT officials said there’s been a rise in speeding and other reckless driving behaviors in 2021.  More than 450 people died in crashes on Missouri roadways during the first half of the year.  And so far this year, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers have issued more than 16,000 citations to drivers going 20 miles per hour or more over the speed limit.  That’s up nine percent from the same period in 2020.

The primary causes of fatal traffic crashes are excessive speeds, distraction, impairment and not wearing a seat belt or motorcycle helmet, according to MODOT.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.