Holiday deadly for 12 on lakes, roads, and rivers

The Highway Patrol says deaths on Missouri's roads and waterways over the 4th of July holiday weekend were well below last year's levels.

Twelve people died on Missouri's roads and waterways over the extended Fourth of July holiday, a reduction by nearly half compared to last year.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 121 people were injured in traffic accidents over the long weekend, with six fatalities. 17 people were injured in boating accidents, and six people died.

Of the six deaths on the water, three were from boating accidents, and three from drowning.

Those numbers compare favorably to last year, when there were over 100 more accidents resulting in 23 fatalities on the state's roads and waterways.

Troopers arrested 142 for driving while intoxicated, and 13 for boating under the influence.

The counting period ran from six o'clock Thursday evening to 11:59 Sunday night.