The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two people died in traffic crashes over the Christmas holiday counting period. One fatal crash occurred in the Troop D, Springfield area, and one occurred in the Troop G, Willow Springs area. During the 78 hour counting period, there were at total of 124 crashes involving 71 injuries. Troopers also issued 81 citations for driving while intoxicated. This years numbers were significantly lower than the 2022 counting period which saw a thousand 17 crashes with 4 fatalities.