Patrol: Eight dead in traffic accidents over weekend

Eight fatalities and 146 DWIs were recorded over the long holiday weekend.

Eight people died on Missouri roadways over the extended Memorial Day weekend, according to the State Highway Patrol. That compares to six fatalities during the same period last year.

Patrol Captain Tim Hull says there were 295 traffic crashes resulting in 130 injuries, not including the fatalities. The counting period ran from 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 Monday night.

Troopers also arrested 146 people for driving while intoxicated.

Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Highway Patrol, said some of the fatalities may have been preventable. "Eight people died over the Memorial Day weekend and not one of them was wearing a seatbelt," he said. "We cannot emphasize it enough: Seat belts save lives."

There were no boating fatalities over the weekend. 20 people were arrested for boating while intoxicated on Missouri's waterways.