MISSOURI -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced the state experienced a 27 percent decrease in fatalities over the past three years.
Troop G, which Oregon County is part of, along with eight other counties in south central Missouri, shows the same statistics. The eight other counties included in the Troop G coverage area are: Carter, Douglas, Howell, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Wright.
Fatality crashes the previous three years in Troop G are as follows:
* 2008, 47 fatalities.
* 2007, 49 fatalities.
* 2006, 53 fatalities.
Troop G is located on Business U.S. 60 on the north edge of Willow Springs. It was organized in 1946. Personnel assigned to Troop G include 57 uniformed officers, 28 ununiformed civilians and 10 civilian employees. Captain Billy Chadwick is Troop G Commander.
Across the state, in 2006 to 2007, Missouri experienced a 9 percent decrease in traffic fatalities. From 2007 to 2008 Missouri saw a 5 percent decrease in traffic fatalities.
"I am very pleased with the deduction of fatal traffic crashes in Missouri over the past three years," said Colonel James F. Keathley, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
"All of our troopers work every day to encourage safe driving and reduce traffic fatalities. We are committed to working with our traffic safety partners to further reduce the number of deaths in our state. This is our primary responsibility and I believe we are doing a commendable job as the reduced fatality statistics show," he said.