Traffic deaths were down about 5 percent statewide in 2019, the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote in a news release Thursday.

There were 876 people killed on the state’s roadways last year compared to 921 people killed in 2018.

The decline is due to enforcement, education and better engineering, patrol superintendent Col. Eric Olson said.

“Traffic safety is a major focus of every trooper and I’m proud of the work they do,” Olsen said. “I also recognize how important it is that drivers make good decisions while operating a vehicle. Please continue to be courteous, obey all traffic laws, use your seat belt, and drive sober.”

The highway patrol says public information officers are available to schools, civic organizations, and churches to present safety programs, including its new video ‘If I Could Just Go Back,” which focuses on good driving habits and driving sober.