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      Missouri State Highway Patrol sees decrease in traffic accidents

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol has seen a sharp decline in traffic accidents over the past seven years.

      In 2013, 755 traffic fatalities were reported, which is the lowest number the Show-Me-State has seen since the 1940s.

      Experts say improving highways and making many of them four-lane roadways as opposed to two-lane roadways have been contributing factors to the decrease.

      The highway patrol and other local law enforcement have also been cracking down and aggressively, enforcing traffic laws and making sure motorists are wearing a seatbelt. However, the Highway Patrol says the biggest factor in the decrease of accidents and fatalities is the drivers.

      "The single best thing that has made our traffic crashes drop is the people that are driving. And we think that drivers are doing a better job. We think they are listening, they're paying attention," said Sgt. Brent Bernhardt, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

      Drivers are encouraged to report motorists who are driving aggressively to help keep the roads safe.