Fatalities and drunken driving arrests were up this Christmas season, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
From 6 p.m. Friday until just before midnight on Sunday, state troopers investigated 213 crashes, which included two of the three fatalities and 67 injuries. Fifty-six people were arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Last year, troopers investigated 487 crashes, including one of two fatalities and 122 injuries, and arrested 51 people for impaired driving.
State officials are warning drivers in Missouri to beware of deer crossing roadways.
They are more active in the fall, which is their mating season. Fall harvests and hunting also contribute to deer being more mobile this time of year.
Data collected by the insurance company State Farm for its 2010-2011 survey period ranks Missouri 19th in the nation for most deer strikes – down from 17th the prior year. Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Tim Hull says the metro areas of St. Louis and Kansas City have the most deer strikes.