MSHP reports 7 traffic deaths, 1 boating death over July 4th weekend

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri and Kansas highway patrols released their 2021 Fourth of July holiday statistics Tuesday.

Missouri troopers worked 312 traffic crashes, which included 124 injuries and seven deaths. Troopers also made 144 DWI arrests and 81 drug arrests over the holiday weekend.

Troopers worked 12 boating crashes, which included four injuries and one death. There were eight BWI arrests and 43 drug arrests.

No drownings were reported over the holiday weekend.

In 2020, 15 people were killed and 671 injured statewide in Missouri over the Fourth of July holiday in 1,356 traffic crashes. Troopers arrested 145 people for driving while intoxicated last year.

Over the 2020 Fourth of July holiday, there were 14 boating crashes, which included seven injuries and zero deaths. Two drowned during last year’s holiday. Troopers made seven boating while intoxicated arrests.

Kansas

In Kansas, the state highway patrol didn’t record any DUI-related fatal crashes over the holiday weekend from Friday evening through Monday. There were, however, two deadly crashes in Kansas over the weekend that weren’t related to drunk driving.

The highway patrol arrested 19 across the state for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the agency. That’s down slightly from the past two years where Kansas saw 20 DUI arrests during the 2020 July 4th holiday and 28 in 2019.

More than 800 drivers were issued speeding citations over the Fourth of July weekend, and more than 100 adults and teens were cited for not wearing their seat belts.

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