MISSOURI- The columbiamissourian.com reports that fewer people died in car accidents on Labor Day in 2018 than in 2017. The news release about the lower number of fatalities and accidents came from the Missouri State Highway Police.
The police looked at crash statistics starting at 6 p.m. on Friday,August 31, 2018,through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 3, 2018. During that time period, Missouri experienced 258 traffic accidents, 92 traffic-related injuries, and 5 traffic-related fatalities. Police arrested 97 people for driving under the influence of alcohol. The statement indicates that last year “there were 313 crashes, 130 injuries, 11 deaths and 142 arrests for driving while intoxicated.”
The five fatalities included 25-year-old Trae Rollhouse, 24-year-old Shyann Bellagamba, 65-year-old Gary Jones, 53-year-old John Plummer,and52-year-old Richard Clemmons.
The report indicated that while boating accidents did not decline, there were no fatalities associated with boating accidents over the long weekend.
The number of people killed on Labor Day weekend in 2017 was the highest since 2008. According to the National Safety Council, 421 people across the United States were killed in car accidents during the long weekend in 2017. About 48,400 people were injured. In 2018, the National Safety Council predicted that about 420 people would die in car accidents over Labor Day weekend indicating that the Council believes that traffic fatalities have leveled off after last years spike. The average number of people killed over Labor Day was 378 until 2017’s 11 percent increase in deaths.
Part of the issue is that many more cars are on the road over the long weekend and many people take short road trips.
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