KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It has shaped up to be a deadly year on Kansas City, Missouri, streets so far in 2012, as eight people have died in traffic accidents since the start of the year.
Now, the Kansas City Missouri Police Department is hoping to raise awareness of these deaths with a new online resource that will profile each accident, including the demographics of the victims, and the factors that played a part in each accident.
On Saturday night, a man was killed in a deadly wreck near 18th and Grand on Saturday night. Before Saturday's death, police say that in the previous seven deaths, three of the victims were not wearing seat belts.
Police also attribute alcohol, speeding, driving on a suspended or revoked license and traffic signal violations as factors in the deaths.
"We're trying to raise awareness of the causes for fatality accidents," said Major Rich Lockhart, commander of the Special Operations Division, in a statement on the department website. "We've never done this before. We hope that by letting people know on a weekly basis how many fatal crashes we have and what causes them, it will make people think twice.Most of our fatal crashes are preventable."
There were just five traffic deaths in Kansas City, Missouri, at this time last year. The driver killed at 18th and Grand on Saturday night has been identified as 21-year-old Leon D. Grant.
The analysis of traffic accidents will appear every Monday on the department's Traffic Enforcement page.