The Missouri Department of Transportation cracks down on highway regulations in an effort to reduce fatalities.
Wrap: Missouri State Highway Patrol Public Information and Education Officer Martin Elmore says highway fatalities are up 30 percent from this time last year.
They are looking for new ways to promote highway safety.
|Description: "Folks not paying attention to the job of driving. That's always one of the big issues we face and deal with."|
To date, there's been 134 fatalities due to highway crashes this year compared to last year's 104.
Both the Missouri Department of Transportation and State Highway Patrol continue to implement programs promoting the awareness of roadway safety.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ashley Hartman.
The lack of people wearing seat belts greatly contributes to increased highway fatality rate this year.
Wrap: State agencies' traffic divisions continue their anaylsis on circumstances of increased highway deaths.
Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation spoke with law enforcement agencies in cities and counties across the state to remain focused on the problem.
Program Administrator Bill Whitfield says there's been 134 fatalities so far this year compared to 104 at this point in 2011.
|Description: "If we can get a larger percentage of the driving population to buckle up, we know that it's going to save lives."|