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The Lake News Online
  • Labor Day Weekend 2014 sees decrease in fatalities

  • Three people died in traffic crashes during the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend.
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  • Three people died in traffic crashes during the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend. Last year, there were eight fatalities. The 2014 counting period ran from 6 p.m., Friday, August 29, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, Sept. 1. During this period, the Patrol investigated 293 traffic crashes, which included 111 injuries and three fatalities. Troopers made 80 arrests for driving while intoxicated in 2014, compared to 119 arrests last year. (Note: in 2013, troopers investigated 248 crashes, which included 112 injuries and four of the fatalities.)
    There were zero boating fatalities over the 2014 Labor Day holiday. Troopers investigated eleven boating crashes involving four injuries. There were no drownings reported. Troopers also arrested 13 people for boating while intoxicated over the weekend. During the 2013 Labor Day weekend, officers investigated nine boating crashes, which included seven injuries and no fatalities. There were no drownings in 2013. Troopers arrested 14 people for boating while intoxicated during last year’s Labor Day weekend.
    Of the three traffic crash fatalities troopers investigated, one occurred in each of the following areas: Troop A, Lee's Summit, Mo., Troop C, Weldon Spring, Mo., and the Troop G, Willow Springs, Mo..

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