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
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Northwest 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 a strategic highway safety plan 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 234 fatalities in the fourth quarter of 2020. This is an increase of four fatalities from the fourth quarter of last year. For the year, there have been 973 fatalities compared to 881 for the same time frame in 2020, an increase of 92 fatalities. The target for 2020 is 838 fatalities or fewer.       
            
Focusing on Show Me Zero, there are currently 12 counties with zero fatalities in the 12 months of 2020. 

Purpose:

This measure tracks the number of fatalities quarterly, annual 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.