Fewer fatalities, accidents on Fourth of July than in past years

Thursday, July 5, 2012 | 2:53 p.m. CDT; updated 3:03 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 5, 2012

COLUMBIA — For the Fourth of July holiday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported fewer fatalities and accidents than last year.

This year, the Highway Patrol responded to a total of 99 crashes statewide and 45 resulting injuries. Last year, the holiday resulted in 259 traffic crashes and 130 injured, more than double this year's figures. Police made 59 arrests for driving while intoxicated Wednesday. That's 100 fewer than last year. 

The Highway Patrol reported figures from 6 p.m. Tuesday to midnight Wednesday.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol release, six fatalities occurred Wednesday. The Highway Patrol reported three of the six deaths were traffic related. None of those took place in Boone County, according to the Highway Patrol's online traffic crash report.

The remaining three fatalities took place on waterways. Two juveniles were electrocuted while swimming at Lake of the Ozarks, and one man drowned in Bull Shoals Lake.

The release stated the Highway Patrol investigated only six boating accidents, four fewer than last year. Reported injuries were also fewer. Officers made seven arrests for boating while intoxicated, less than a quarter of last year's total of 33.

Supervising editor is Hannah Cushman.

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