Rural Road Safety

When it comes to crashes on Missouri highways, the chances that an accident will be a fatal one dramatically increase if it happens on a rural roadway.

According to the traffic crash statistics released by the Missouri Department of Transportation for 2007, 700 fatal crashes occurred on the state’s highways. Seventy-one percent of those crashes took place on a rural road.

The experience at the national level is similar. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorists on rural roadways have a much greater risk of being injured or killed than those in urban or suburban areas.

Robert F. Dallas, the director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, highlighted the issue of safety on rural roads in an open letter dated Nov. 14. He noted: “Rural roads frequently become fatal crash sites because they’re often narrow, two-lane roads with no physical barriers or division separating oncoming traffic. Add the element of frequent entering and exiting traffic and it creates a formula for fatalities.”

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