For the fourth year in a row, Missouri has seen a decrease in highway fatalities. Currently the number stands at 871 in 2009, almost 100 less than in 2008 and 31% less than in 2005, which saw more than 1,000 fatalities. Missouri DOT credits the decrease to the combined efforts — including law enforcement, education, emergency medical services, and road engineering enhancements — of highway safety advocates in the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.