JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's road and highways were a safer place this Labor Day weekend, compared to 2016, according to numbers released by the Highway Patrol Tuesday.
According to the Patrol, eight people died in traffic crashes statewide, over the 3 day weekend. In 2016, there were 20 traffic deaths over the same holiday period.
While traffic deaths were down, the number of total crashes increase, according to the Patrol's report. 317 crashes were investigated from 6 p.m., Friday, September 1, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 4. Last year, that total was 299. 112 people suffered injuries in collisions this Labor Day weekend.
One person is believed to have drowned Monday, September 4, 2017, in the Mississippi River at the 220-mile marker near Portage Des Sioux, Missouri.
There were no boating fatalities reported over the 2017 Labor Day holiday weekend.
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