Fatalities on Missouri roads dropped from the same period a year ago during the long Memorial Day holiday.
Five people died in traffic crashes; none in this region. Last year, nine people were killed during the three-day weekend. During the counting period of 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Monday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 274 traffic crashes that included 119 injuries and the five fatalities.
Troopers also arrested 129 people for driving while intoxicated.
During the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend, the patrol investigated 232 traffic crashes resulting in 95 injuries. Last year, 184 people were arrested by the patrol for driving while intoxicated.
There was one boating fatality. Troopers investigated seven boating crashes involving two injuries. There were no drownings. Troopers also arrested 18 people for boating while intoxicated over the holiday weekend. During the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, officers investigated 14 boating crashes, which included six injuries and zero fatalities. There were no drownings over last year’s Memorial Day weekend. Twenty-four people were arrested for boating while intoxicated during the 2012 holiday.