Motorcycle fatalities are on a dangerous upward trend in the area.
So far this year, there have been 42 motorcyclists killed in Missouri compared with 30 at the same last year.
Scott Jones, a safety program administrator for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said there has been an increase in traffic fatalities overall on state roads, but looking at motorcycles those numbers are even more concerning.
“Overall, we’re seeing a 9% increase in traffic crash fatalities compared to this time last year, and that’s total fatalities for the state, but motorcycles, they’re actually up 40%, so there’s a big uptick in motorcycle fatalities right now,” Jones said. “Every number, every crash statistic has a name attached to it so we really want people to pay attention to the road, don’t drive distracted, wear your seat belt, wear your safety gear, ride or drive sober and be careful out there.