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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Results Driver

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Chris Redline
Chris Redline
Title
District Engineer
Department
Kansas City District
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Measurement Driver

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Amy Crawford
Title
Area Engineer
Department
Northeast District
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Email: amy.crawford@modot.mo.gov

Phone: (660) 651-1955

Write Up:

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.

MoDOT supports Zero Fatalities by 2030 as part of our 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 176 fatalities in the first quarter of 2021. This is a decrease of two fatalities from the first quarter of last year.  For the year 2020, there have been 990 fatalities compared to 881 for the same time in 2019, an increase of 109 fatalities. The target for 2021 is 941 fatalities or fewer.       
            
Focusing on Show Me Zero, there are currently 52 counties with zero fatalities in the first three months of 2021. There were eight days with zero fatalities, which included two times when two days occurred sequentially without a fatal crash.

Purpose:

This measure tracks the number of fatalities quarterly, annually and five-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 five-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 five-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.