Seven People Died On Missouri Roads Over Memorial Day Weekend
Seven people died in traffic crashes over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. Last year, eight people were killed during the three-day weekend. During the counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 27, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 30, 2016, the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 347 traffic crashes which included 128 injuries and six of the seven fatalities. The Springfield Police Department investigated the remaining fatality. Troopers also arrested 135 people for driving while intoxicated. During the 2015 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 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. During the 2015 Memorial Day weekend, there were eight boating crashes including one injury and no fatalities. No one drowned during last year’s Memorial Day weekend. Troopers arrested 15 people for boating while intoxicated over the 2015 Memorial Day holiday.