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Missouri Holiday Crashes Report 2002

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This document presents statistics on Missouri’s holiday traffic crashes.
Each year law enforcement officials and other traffic safety authorities are faced with increased traffic safety problems during Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays. Traffic crash data were obtained from the Statewide Traffic Accident Records System (STARS). This report contains historical data encompassing the last 5 years of Missouri’s holiday traffic crash experience with emphasis on the latest year (2002). From 1998 to 2002, one person was killed in a traffic crash every 7.7 hours. Over the holidays, one person was killed every 7.5 hours during the same 5-year period. A total of 347 persons were killed over these holidays and 18,803 were injured. Over the Memorial Day holiday, 46 persons were killed and 3,311 were injured from 1998 though 2002. In 2002, there were 1,302 traffic crashes in which 3 persons were killed and 614 were injured. Over the Fourth of July holiday, 63 persons were killed and 3,659 were injured during the 5-year period. There were 1,801 crashes in 2002 in which 20 persons were killed and 914 were injured. Over the Labor Day holiday, 64 persons were killed and 3,235 were injured during the 5-year period. In 2002, there were 1,317 traffic crashes in which 10 persons were killed and 590 were injured. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, 69 persons were killed and 3,611 were injured during the 5-year period. In 2002, there were 1,398 traffic crashes in which 14 persons were killed and 612 were injured. Over the Christmas holiday, 48 persons were killed and 2,096 were injured during the 5-year period. There were 384 traffic crashes in 2002 in which 1 person was killed and 142 were injured. Over the New Year holiday, 50 persons were killed and 2,309 were injured during the 5-year period. In 2002, there were 411 traffic crashes in which 8 persons were killed and 194 were injured. 7 figures, 92 tables, glossary