Jefferson City, MO (KTRS) Traffic fatalities are up in the state Missouri.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reports that there were 853 traffic fatalities last year, an 11.4 percent increase over the 766 recorded in 2014. Officials say 63 percent of those killed in traffic crashes last year, were not wearing seat belts.
According to MODOT, the leading causes of death include speeding, driver inattention and impaired driving. The department says two new trends emerged last year – increases in improper lane use and substance-impaired driving.