Traffic Crashes Nearly Triple During New Year\'s Holiday

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MID-MISSOURI - Multiple police and sheriff's departments released numbers Wednesday about traffic crashes, traffic fatalities, and DWI arrests during the New Year's holiday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol saw a large jump in traffic crashes and DWI arrests between 6 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2012 and 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, January 1, 2013. This year, troopers responded to 486 traffic crashes with 147 injuries and seven fatalities. Lee's Summit Police investigated another traffic fatality, making eight total. Last year, troopers investigated 163 traffic crashes with 75 injuries and five of six statewide fatalities. In addition, troopers arrested 114 statewide for DWI's. They arrested 90 people last year.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Lieutenant John Hotz said a few factors may have contributed to the high numbers. He said snow and ice on the roads, calculating for an extra day than last year and higher traffic volumes may have been part of it.

The Jefferson City Police Department made one arrest during New Year's Eve night and New Year's morning (December 31, 2012 - January 1, 2013). That number is lower than last year's arrests according the police. Jefferson City Police did not respond to any alcohol related traffic accidents.

A deputy from the Boone County Sheriff's Department said DWI arrests were up compared to typical weekends, but he did not have specifics on the number of traffic crashes and DWI arrests for the holiday. According to records obtained from the Boone County Sheriff's Department 7:00 report, 13 people were arrested for DWI's between Friday, December 28, 2012 and January 1, 2013.