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Missouri, Kansas ranked low in new highway safety report

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Posted at 4:08 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 06:32:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A safety report released overnight Thursday ranked Kansas and Missouri on highway laws.

The grade is based on the colors of a stoplight.

Green means good. It means the state significantly advanced in adopting all recommended laws from saferoads.org.

Yellow means caution. The state needs improvement because of gaps in laws.

Red means danger. The state falls dangerously behind in the adoption of recommended laws.

Kansas received a yellow grade. Among the reasons, a primary enforcement seatbelt law. They also reference Kansas' motorcycle helmet law in the report.

In the last decade, 3,992 people died in crashes on Kansas roads.

Missouri received a red in the report.

The deadly crashes from the last decade were nearly double that of Kansas, coming in at nearly 8,500 fatalities.

You can access the full report here.