Only one fatality during the Thanksgiving Weekend

Lake Area businesses enjoyed a busy Black Friday shopping period as demonstrated by the number of cars in the parking lot of the Menard’s home improvement store in Lake Ozark.

Lake Area businesses enjoyed a busy Black Friday shopping period as demonstrated by the number of cars in the parking lot of the Menard’s home improvement store in Lake Ozark. Photo by Samantha Edmondson.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that only one person died in an automobile accident on Missouri highways during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The counting period for this year’s holiday began at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 and ran through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25.

Overall Highway Patrol troopers investigated 350 traffic crashes, including 140 with injuries. In addition, troopers arrested 140 people for driving while intoxicated.

There were no serious injury accidents in the three counties that make up the Lake Area.

During last year’s Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend, troopers investigated 365 traffic crashes, including 125 with injuries. Statewide, there were four fatalities during that period and troopers arrested 126 people for driving while intoxicated.

This year’s fatal traffic crash occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 21 in the Springfield area. Austin C. Turner, 19, of Golden, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree, and burned. Turner was not wearing a seat belt. A passenger in the vehicle, who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries. The crash occurred in Barry County on Route J west of Golden.

There were no boating accidents reported during the Thanksgiving holiday counting period.

Earlier this month, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) awarded advanced accreditation with excellence to the Missouri State Highway Patrol during its fall conference in Jacksonville, FL. This marks the seventh time the Highway Patrol has successfully been reviewed and approved for accreditation. The Patrol has maintained its accredited status since 1992, when it became the 11th state law enforcement agency in the nation to be accredited by CALEA.

Approximately 1,000 agencies from the US, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, and Bermuda participate in CALEA accreditation processes, including 23 from Missouri.

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