The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that there were 15 fatalities caused by traffic accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.
In total, 400 crashes occurred over the holiday weekend causing 116 injuries. 127 DWI cases were investigated and 117 drug arrests were made.
In 2016 during the same period, the highway patrol investigated 400 crashes that included 124 injuries, and 14 fatalities. Troopers arrested 103 people for DWI and made 100 drug related arrests.
Troop H investigated one fatality accident near Chillicothe, Mo. According to the Highway Patrol, on Saturday, Nov. 25 on U.S. Highway 65 in Chillicothe. Danette L. Rardon, 39 was killed when the vehicle she was driving was struck by another vehicle.
Rardon was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash while the driver of the second vehicle and his two passengers were not wearing seat belts. The driver sustained serious injuries while the passengers had moderate to minor injuries.
Troop H also held a special enforcement operation along a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 35 from Clinton County to the Iowa state line.
As a result of the project, troopers issued 110 citations and 252 warnings and made one felony arrest for a warrant, four felony drug arrests and assisted 27 holiday travelers.
Captain James McDonald, commanding officer of Troop H in St. Joseph said "Troopers were out in force over the Thanksgiving Day weekend and their vigorous enforcement efforts along with increased visibility helped keep Missouri motorists safer while traveling through Troop H."