Highway Patrol Releases Holiday Weekend Crash Numbers

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MID-MISSOURI - The Missouri Highway Patrol reported four people died in traffic crashes Memorial Day weekend. That statistic is down from six fatalities in 2010.

Between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday, the Highway Patrol investigated 281 traffic crashes resulting in 127 injuries and three of the fatalities. The Jefferson City Police Department investigated one fatality. During this same counting period, the Patrol arrested 133 people for driving while intoxicated.

Last Memorial Day, the Patrol investigated 270 traffic crashes resulting in 133 injuries and arrested 157 people for driving while intoxicated.

The Highway Patrol reported one drowning over the holiday weekend. Timothy L. Miller, 39, of St. Louis, drowned while swimming off a dock on Lake of the Ozarks at the 21 1/2 mile-mark in Salt Hollow Cove in Camden County. Witnesses on a neighboring dock heard the victim yell for help before he went under water and did not resurface. The victim's body was located by Highway Patrol troopers using sonar.

Troopers arrested 23 people for boating while intoxicated over the holiday weekend. In total, the Patrol counted eight boating crashes, but no fatalities. This total is also lower than the 2010 Memorial Day weekend, when three people drowned and 36 people were arrested for boating while intoxicated.