Number and Rate of Fatalities -1a

The ultimate goal is zero fatalities.

Safety is MoDOT’s number one priority. Whether resident, visitor to the state or highway worker, the ultimate goal is to assure that everyone returns home safely.

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Write Up:

Safety is MoDOT’s No. 1 priority. Whether resident, visitor to the state, or highway worker, the ultimate goal is ensuring everyone returns home safely.            

MoDOT supports zero fatalities by 2030 as part of the strategic highway safety plan, Show Me Zero, designed to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes using the four key disciplines of traffic safety: engineering, enforcement, education and emergency response.

There were 170 fatalities in the first quarter, 251 in the second quarter, 299 in the third quarter and 270 in the fourth quarter of 2023. This is a decrease from 2022 totals by 31 fatalities during the first quarter, a decrease of 10 fatalities in the second quarter, a decrease of 12 fatalities in the third quarter and a decrease of 14 fatalities in the final quarter of 2023. The preliminary total for 2023 after four quarters is 990, which is a decrease from 2022 totals by 67 fatalities. Even though Missouri has seen a 6.34% decrease from 2022, the state missed the target of 948 fatalities or fewer for 2023. 

Focusing on Show Me Zero, there are currently five counties where zero fatalities have occurred during 2023. There were 37 days with zero fatalities, including four instances when two sequential days occurred without a fatal crash. There were also two instances where three sequential days occurred without a fatal crash.

Purpose:

This measure tracks the number of fatalities quarterly, annually and 5-year average trends resulting from traffic crashes on all Missouri roadways.

Measurement and Data Collection:

Missouri law enforcement agencies submit a vehicle accident report form to the Missouri State Highway Patrol to be entered into a statewide traffic crash database. The database automatically updates MoDOT’s crash database system, which is part of the Transportation Management System. The rate of fatal crashes charts display annual and 5-year average fatality and injury rates per 100 million vehicle miles traveled for these same crashes. In addition, the fatality rate chart includes the national average. 

Targets are based on Zero by 2030 fatality reduction, 1% VMT increase and non-motorized reduction based on overall fatality and reductions. An exception is made for instances where the baseline 5-year rolling average is less than the calculated target using the parameters previously described. When this occurs, the baseline will be used as the target.

 

Results Driver

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Chris Redline
Chris Redline
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District Engineer
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Kansas City District
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Measurement Driver

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Jose Rodriguez
Title
Area Engineer
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Northwest District
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Counties:  Atchison, Nodaway, Worth, Gentry, Andrew, Holt, DeKalb, Buchanan and Clinton.

Email: jose.rodriguez@modot.mo.gov

Phone: (816) 387-2428