Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The records: Missouri traffic crash reports are posted online and available there for 29 days. The reports are unofficial, but you can request an official crash report copy from your local Highway Patrol Troop Headquarters.
Why you'd want then: The website lets you search by name, county of crash, date of crash and injury type. The information can let you see when and where crashes occurred in your county and who was involved.
Where you get the records: Traffic crash reports are available on the Missouri State's Highway Patrol website under "traffic crashes."
How much it will cost: The information is free.