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Traffic thins out as holiday weekend comes to a close

Traffic on mid-Missouri highways has thinned out as the Memorial Day weekend comes to a close.

ABC 17 News did a ride along with a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Monday night just before the holiday counting period ended.

“In Boone County, we’ve been fairly lucky,” said Sergeant Mike Halford with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “We’ve not been super busy with serious crashes. There’s been a lot of people out and about trying to get from point A to point B, from their vacation sports to home.”

There had been six deadly crash on Missouri highways for the holiday weekend as of Monday night.

As far as this year’s traffic, Halford said it has been about what he expected.

“It’s not a whole lot heavier…we haven’t had a lot more than we typically see on big holiday weekends,” Halford said.

He also said troopers made several DWI arrests on mid-Missouri highways over the weekend.

“I would say not more [DWI arrests] than normal.” he said. “It would probably just be slightly on the uptick and again, that’s just based on it’s the first big weekend of the summer.”

Troopers were stationed every 20 miles along major highways as part of the holiday patrols.

The holiday counting period ended at midnight.

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