Ten people lost their lives on Missouri roadways this Memorial Day weekend.

The State Highway Patrol’s Captain Tim Hull says that’s down five fatalities from a year ago. The patrol worked six of the ten fatal accidents. In five of those, the persons killed weren’t wearing seat belts. Hull says troopers arrested 197 drivers for various drunken driving charges. A year ago, the patrol made 227 arrests on the Memorial Day weekend.

The patrol begins its count Friday evening and ends it Monday at midnight. Hull says the heaviest traffic moved on Friday and Monday nights, which is normal for long weekends. The greatest loss of life, though, was on Saturday and Sunday. Four people died in wrecks each of those days.

One person died in an ATV accident in Gasconade County. Police in Springfield, Kansas City and St. Louis worked the other fatal accidents this past weekend.

Download/listen Brent Martin interviews Captain Tim Hull (6 min MP3)