Operation Safe Ride Leads to Tickets, Arrests

The primary goal of Operation Safe Ride is to educate motorists of the inherent dangers that motorcycle riders face while driving in traffic. In July, the Springfield Police Department launched Operation Safe Ride which aims to reduce motorcycle-related crashes. In late August, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol joined the effort. […]

Teen Driving Age Debated

A recommendation to raise the age for getting a driver’s license from 16 to 17 or 18 is sure to generate a lot of debate. On Sept. 9, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a report that called for states to delay licensure for teens. That same day, the president of the research group […]

Rear-End Collisions Account for a Third of Crashes

According to the latest available data from the Missouri Department of Transportation, rear-end collisions accounted for more than one-third of all crashes that occurred on the state’s highways. In MoDOT’s 2006 report, “Traffic Crash Statistics,” it was noted that of the 87,708 total crashes, 32,328 involved rear-end collisions. And one-third of all the injury accidents […]

The Hidden Dangers of Truck Stops

While many motorists understand the hazards of driving near a tractor-trailer on the highway, they may not know that walking across a truck stop can also be dangerous. On Aug. 23, truck driver George Taylor of Webb City, Missouri, was walking near the diesel pumps at a truck stop in Sioux Falls, S.D. at about […]

Construction Zone Safety

It is hoped that the advice will keep motorists and construction zone workers safe. With the Missouri Department of Transportation at work on 5,600 miles of road, there’s a good chance that motorists will encounter highway construction. And in St. Louis, I-64/US40 construction isn’t scheduled to be done until Dec. 31, 2009. To raise safety […]

Inattentive Motorists Pose Dangers to Motorcyclists and Scooter Owners

With the price of gasoline climbing, the popularity of motorcycles and scooters is also on the rise. In 1998, only about 15,000 scooters were sold. Last year, the number rose to 131,000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration reports that between 1995 and 2003, the number of new motorcycles […]

Missouri’s Drunk Driving Statistics 2007

Although it is widely known that drinking and driving don’t mix, alcohol-related accidents continue to pose a serious danger to Missourians. The latest figures compiled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Statistical Analysis Center offer a sobering look at the problem. According to the 2007 Missouri Traffic Safety Compendium, 243 persons were killed and 4,889 […]

Allstate Must Pay Injured Motorists $16 Million

The couple survived the near fatal crash but suffered horrific injuries. The lives of Edward and Virginia Johnson were forever changed on March 24, 2000. That’s the day Wayne Davis Jr. – despite having a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit – got behind the wheel of his pick up truck. Davis crossed the […]

Car Crashes Are a Leading Cause of U.S. Deaths

We know that a car crash can change your life, and the lives of those you love, forever. In 2005, the leading cause of death for children between the ages of three and six were car crashes. For those between the ages of eight and 34, auto accidents were also the number one killer. Unfortunately, […]

Semi Involved in Horrific Multi-Car Accident

Two people were killed and 16 were hurt when a semi plowed into a line of cars stuck in rush-hour traffic on July 15 in St. Louis. The horrific accident occurred on eastbound Highway 40 just west of Interstate 270. A tractor-trailer driven by Jeffrey R. Knight of Muscle Shoals, Ala. slammed into a line […]