Drunk driving arrests are up….traffic crashes…the resulting injuries…and fatalities…are down for the Christmas holiday counting period. The 78-hour counting period ended at midnight last night. Highway Patrol lieutenant Tim Hull says five traffic fatalities were reported, down from nine last year. Hull says troopers worked 228 accidents, thirteen fewer than Christmas, 2005, which also was a 78-hour holiday period; counted 94 injuries, down from last year’s 105; and made 113 drunk driving arrests, 30 more than were made for Christmas, a year ago. Hull says traffic fatalities in Missouri this year are about 14 percent below last year’s numbers at this time–but still work out to about three people being killed every day.
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