Less traffic but more dangerous drivers on Missouri roads

Less traffic but more dangerous drivers on MO roads
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ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - Fewer people have been on Missouri roads in recent weeks, but that hasn't made a significant difference in traffic deaths.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says in the month of April -- during stay-at-home orders -- traffic volume statewide dropped by 40%.

However, fatalities during that time only went down 14%. 

The Patrol says excessive speed is to blame.  In recent weeks troopers have written more tickets to motorists traveling in excess of 100 mph.

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