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Traffic Fatalities Not Because of Speeds

September 16, 1996
By: David Freitas
State Capital Bureau

Although traffic fatalities are up in Missouri, the State Highway Patrol will not say it's because of the increase in the speed limit.

David Freitas reports from Jefferson City.

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Increased speed limits may not be to blame, but compared to last year at this time 56 more people are dead on the highways of Missouri.

Missouri's speed limit went up in March.

Highway Patrol Spokesman Captain Clarence Greeno says they haven't had enough time to figure out the increased speed's impact.

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Contents: The Highway patrol is concerned about the increase but says its too early to blame the speed limit increase.

Greeno says despite higher number of cars on the highways, Missouri's fatility rate from past years is down... because of improvements in engineering and safer cars.

Greeno also says that Highway Patrol officers are watching the roads more carefully, now that speeds are up.

David Freitas, reporting from the Capital.