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May could be the wrong month to break laws out on the road.

Columbia police say the month of May means more celebrating and more cars hitting the road, and it's a question of safety. Safety is exactly what a young mother worries about when her children are in the car, especially when the roads get crowded.

"I was worried about somebody rear-ending me or either slowing down too quickly, because they're not used to the traffic flow of this area, especially when they're out-of-towners," said Dora Hayden, Columbia resident.

Out-of-towners will flood mid-Missouri by the thousands this month as they celebrate all kinds of events. Hayden says she knows the drill.

"Broadway and Stadium. They get really crazy," said Hayden.

Craziness: that's what got the Columbia Police Department's attention. For years now, May has been the worst month for car accidents both locally and statewide, but this year, Columbia police have just one case on their minds. Four years ago, a couple of MU students lost their lives in an alcohol related accident, just days before their own graduation.

"All these special events and going to school, and then so close to this next stage in their life, and it's done," said Sgt. Timothy Moriarity, Columbia Police Department.

On holidays and special events this month, dedicated officers will patrol downtown and campus streets, along with adding to alcohol checkpoint enforcement. Hayden hopes it helps.

"There's always the chance of some kind of an accident. But having the police there will make things a little better," said Hayden.

The Columbia Convention and Visitor's Bureau says graduations will fill every hotel room in the city this year. Sergeant Moriarity says his best advice is just to slow down and think about what you're doing on the road during this busy month.

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