Highway Patrol: Fatal Crashes Are Up in Missouri

AUGUST 23, 2005 - Posted at 7:50 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - Fatalities on Missouri's highways are up eleven percent compared to this time last year.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 81 more people have been killed this year.

Highway Patrol Captain Chris Ricks blames distracted drivers.

He says drivers who fail to pay attention cause more of the wrecks than most people would ever imagine.

Ricks says the number of crashes involving teenage drivers is dropping.  But he says troopers are seeing more crashes caused by drivers in their twenties.

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