The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that there were seven fatalities during the New Year’s holiday counting period from 6 p.m., Friday, December 29, 2017 to 11:59 p.m. Monday, January 1, 2018. Troopers investigated 229 traffic crashes, which included 77 injuries and five of the seven fatalities. There were no deaths in Troop H based out of St Joseph.
Last year over the New Year’s holiday counting period, Missouri law enforcement agencies reported 539 traffic crashes, which injured 302 people. There were eight fatalities during the 2017 New Year’s holiday counting period. In addition, troopers made 103 arrests for driving while intoxicated and 67 drug arrests.