Special Key Curbs Teen Drivers

As the Associated Press reports, car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens, and speeding is a major factor. Parents of teen drivers worry. They worry that when they hand over the keys, their teen will drive down the highway at 100 miles per hour with the radio blaring. Those worried parents might […]

Semi Overturns, Kills Work Zone Flagger

Last week’s death of a Missouri Department of Transportation flagger is yet another grim reminder of the need to slow down in construction zones. On Sept. 25, 56-year-old Mikey Wagoner of Rolla was working as a flagger in a construction zone on U.S. 63 in southern Missouri, the Associated Press reports. At about 5 p.m. […]

Drinking and Driving Led to a Nightmare

If you, or a family member, were unfortunate enough to be involved in a drunk driving accident, please retain an experienced lawyer immediately. In the early morning hours of Jan. 14, 2006, Michaela Rae Lindsey got behind the wheel of her pickup truck after drinking eight beers. Then 18, Lindsey was driving in rural Clinton […]

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 […]