Missouri State Highway Patrol Says Holiday Weekend Traffic Deaths Up
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol said seven people died in traffic crashes during the 2012 Memorial Day Weekend compared to last year when four people died. Statistics were released Tuesday after the holiday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 232 traffic crashes resulting in 95 injuries and five fatalities between 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2012, and 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2012. During the 2011 Memorial Day weekend, the Patrol investigated 281 traffic crashes resulting in 127 injuries and four fatalities.
During this same counting period, the patrol arrested 184 people for driving while intoxicated. Last year, the patrol arrested 133 people for driving while intoxicated. There were no boating fatalities over the 2012 Memorial Day weekend. However, troopers investigated 14 boating crashes involving six injuries.
Troopers also arrested 24 people for boating while intoxicated over the holiday weekend. During the 2011 Memorial Day weekend, officers investigated eight boating accidents including one injury and no fatalities.
One person drowned at the Lake of The Ozarks over last year's Memorial Day weekend. 23 people were arrested for boating while intoxicated during the 2011 holiday.