Highway Patrol releases Labor Day statistics


Fifteen people died statewide in traffic crashes during the 2016 Labor Day holiday weekend. Last year, there were 10 fatalities. The 2016 counting period for the Labor Day holiday ran from 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5.

During the 2016 counting period, the Patrol investigated 299 traffic crashes, which included 108 injuries and 14 fatalities. The Platte County Sheriff’s Department investigated one fatality. Troopers made 91 arrests for driving while intoxicated and 119 drug arrests in 2016.

There were zero boating fatalities over the 2016 Labor Day holiday. Troopers investigated 15 boating crashes involving 10 injuries. Troopers arrested 11 people for boating while intoxicated and made 25 drug arrests on the state’s rivers and lakes. There was one drowning over the 2016 Labor Day holiday weekend.

In 2015, the Patrol investigated 348 traffic crashes, which included 167 injuries and eight fatalities. Also in 2015, troopers made 121 arrests for driving while intoxicated. In 2015, troopers investigated 11 boating crashes involving 10 injuries and two fatalities. There were three drownings reported last year. Troopers also arrested 22 people for boating while intoxicated over the 2015 Labor Day weekend.

Of the 14 traffic crash fatalities troopers investigated, three occurred in each of the following areas: Troop A, Lee’s Summit, Troop D, Springfield, and Troop F, Jefferson City. Two fatalities occurred in both the Troop B, Macon, and Troop C, Weldon Spring, areas. One fatality occurred in the Troop E, Poplar Bluff, area.

Release courtesy of Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Sedalia Democrat

Release courtesy of Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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