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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - There were fewer traffic accidents and fatalities stemming from those crashes during the Fourth of July weekend compared to last year.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) worked 263 traffic crashes, in which six people died and 121 people were injured. One hundred forty-two people were arrested for driving while intoxicated. State troopers investigated 26 boating accidents, which included three deaths and 17 injuries, and arrested 13 people for drunken boating.

According to the MSHP, Fourth of July weekend started at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 3 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 6.

Last year, state police responded to 358 traffic accidents in which 157 were injured and 19 people died. Troopers arrested 199 for DWI over that time period. Boating statistics for the 2013 Fourth of July weekend included 19 accidents, one fatality, 13 injuries, three drownings, and 17 arrests for boating while intoxicated.

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