While passenger traffic in Missouri has plummeted due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Missouri state troopers say there’s been a three percent increase in traffic fatalities for the year. Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain John Hotz says passenger traffic is down 47 percent statewide since March 13:

There have been 174 traffic fatalities statewide in 2020, compared to 168 at this time last year. Captain Hotz says Missouri troopers are catching many motorists driving at least 90 miles per hour and emphasizes that troopers are increasing their visibility and enforcement on roads.