POPLAR BLUFF -- No fatalities were reported in the area over the Fourth of July holiday; however, several other types of accidents.
On Tuesday Capt. George Ridens, commanding officer for Troop E, released the Combined Accident Reduction Effort, or C.A.R.E., totals for the 13-county region of Southeast Missouri during the holiday counting period, which began at 6 p.m. Friday and continued through 11:59 p.m. Monday.
According to Ridens, officers investigated eight alcohol-related accidents, 16 accidents on C.A.R.E. designated highways and approximately 35 injury accidents (total) throughout the troop over the holiday period.
Troopers made 22 DWI arrests, issued 443 speeding citations, 359 speed-
related warnings, 174 seat belt summonses, eight child restraint violations and provided 171 motorists assists.
Ridens said: "We appreciate those motorists who drove safely and helped us prevent the loss of life during the holiday period. We can save even more lives this year if everyone will continue to drive safely, wear their seat belts and use designated drivers."
Troop E reports 40 traffic fatalities for the area compared to 57 at the same period last year. Statewide fatality totals for 2005 exceed last year's comparisons, indicating 610 fatalities compared to 564 at the same period in 2004.