The Missouri State Highway Patrols reported 10 people died in traffic crashes during the July Fourth holiday counting period, which ran from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday.
Highway Patrol worked 259 crashes in which eight people died and 130 were injured. Troopers arrested 168 people for driving while intoxicated during this year’s holiday weekend, according to a news release. Also, the Kansas City Police Department investigated two fatalities.
During last year’s counting period, troopers worked 281 traffic crashes in which six people died and 134 were injured. Statewide, in 2010, there were 1,121 traffic crashes, in which 13 people died and 472 were injured. Troopers made 169 driving while intoxicated arrests during the 2010 counting period.
There were no boating fatalities over the 2011 July Fourth weekend. However, troopers investigated 10 boating crashes involving five injuries.
Of the eight fatalities investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, two fatalities occurred in each of the following troop areas: Troop A, Lee’s Summit; Troop C, Weldon Spring; Troop E, Poplar Bluff; and Troop G, Willow Springs.