The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released traffic statistics regarding Memorial Day weekend, reporting seven people were killed in traffic crashes during the three-day weekend.
According to a MSHP news release, during the counting period of 6 p.m. Friday, May 27 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 30, MSHP investigated 347 traffic crashes, which included 128 injuries and six of the seven fatalities. The Springfield Police Department investigated the remaining fatality. Eight people were killed during the 2015 Memorial Day weekend.
Troopers also arrested 135 people for driving while intoxicated. In 2015, the Patrol investigated 298 traffic crashes, which included 98 injuries and five of the eight fatalities. Last year, troopers also arrested 105 people for driving while intoxicated.
There were zero boating fatalities over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. Troopers investigated 17 boating crashes involving seven injuries. There were no drownings. Troopers arrested 21 people for boating while intoxicated and made 71 drug arrests.
Of the six traffic crash fatalities investigated by the Patrol, two occurred in both the Troop A, Lee’s Summit, area and the Troop D, Springfield area; one fatality occurred in the Troop B, Macon, area, and the Troop E, Poplar Bluff, area.