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Fatalities up on Missouri roads heading into holiday weekend

The Highway Patrol puts more troopers on the roads for the Fourth of July weekend from Thursday at 6 p.m. until Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

MSHP Sgt. Scott White says people started to drive more leading up to Memorial Day weekend. Still, he says troopers are seeing more cars going at least 26 mph over the speed limit.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s on I-70, [Highways] 54, 63, or even two-lane highways, we are still seeing those higher speeds.”

White says traffic deaths in Missouri are up 12% so far this year, even though fewer cars have been on the roads because of the pandemic. He says 71% of the people who died were not wearing their seat belt.

“Seat belts don’t prevent car crashes but they definitely predict the outcome, and we see that over and over again on the highways.”

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