SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Missouri State Highway Patrol released a report Tuesday, tallying the deaths seen by troopers in Missouri between 6 p.m., Friday, May 24, and 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2019.
While most of the numbers in 2019’s report are smaller than they were a year ago, Highway Patrol is still urging caution to boaters as we head into Summer.
Below we’ve laid out all of Highway Patrol’s findings in this year’s Memorial Day Report. We’ve listed the corresponding figure from 2018’s Memorial Day crash report out to the side in parentheses.
According to MSHP’s Memorial Day 2019 report:
- Seven people died in car crashes during the three-day weekend. (16 died in 2018)
- One person died while out on the water at Lake of the Ozarks. (1 person died in 2018 as well)
- Patrol investigated 298 traffic crashes. (294 crashes were investigated in 2018)
- Marine troopers saw six boating crashes. (14 boating crashes were reported in 2018)
- 106 injuries were sustained by people on Missouri roadways. (124 injuries in 2018)
- There were three reported boating injuries. (10 injuries were reported in 2018 because of boating injuries)
The report implores that Missouri boaters stay vigilant this summer to keep the number of water-related accidents and deaths down.
“Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others,” the statement reads. “Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!!”