Officials tracking disturbing trend in Lincoln County accidents

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 8:26 PM

(KMOV.com) – Lincoln County officials are working to counteract a disturbing trend. The number of crashes on county roadways is decreasing while the amount of injuries and fatalities remain the same. 

Part of the issue is if a vehicle is in an accident on one of the three main roadways in the county, the accident is probably going to be major. 

“Typically, anything that comes off 61, 47 or 79 even deer hits you can be looking at $10,000 to $12,000,” said Chris Fetter with F&S Collision Repair Center. “It’s high impact, high speed every impact going to be big no matter what.”

The sheriff’s department crunched the numbers and found 70 percent of all crashes were on highways 61, 79 or 47.

When Lincoln County officials looked at the number of accidents since 2010 it found there were about 300 injuries a year on average and 10 deaths, despite the reduction in accidents.

Lieutenant Andy Binder with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said MoDOT road improvements over the last 10 years have helped reduce accidents.

He also added active policing making contact with drivers helps slow them down, to a point.

“The crashes that are occurring are extremely violent,” he said. “A lot of it is associated with speed they’re just driving way too fast for conditions.”

Officers say residents should expect to see increased traffic enforcement in southern Lincoln County.

Binder says while deputies won’t hesitate to write a ticket when necessary, any fines to go the state and the county doesn’t benefit.

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