New numbers from the Memorial Day Weekend are sobering. Eight people were killed on Missouri roadways in traffic related crashes.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the crashes in which none of the eight people killed were wearing seat belts. During the time period between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday, troopers responded to 295 traffic crashes. Nearly 150 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated. The Highway Patrol is urging you to wear a seat belt during the summer travel season.
"We are encouraging through the summer time, we know that a lot of people are going to be traveling for a lot of different reasons, and a lot more people are going to be out on our roadways. One of the very best things that a person can do to protect themselves in a motor vehicle is obviously making sure that they have that seat belt buckled," said Sgt. Brent Bernhardt of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Last year, the patrol investigated about 20 fewer traffic crashes. Six fatalities were reported over the holiday weekend in 2013.