Missouri State Highway Patrol out in force during holiday weekend
JEFFERSON CITY - With the long holiday weekend, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be out in force to assist drivers and enforce the rules of the road.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, officers will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). The program calls for every available officer to be on the road looking for traffic violations including: Seat belt use, use of child safety seats, intoxicated drivers, and speeding.
Troopers will be stationed in 20-mile intervals along Missouri highways.
In a press release, Colonel J. Bret Johnson said everyone needs to be responsible.
"Please do you part," Johnson said. "Whether you're on the highway or on the water, be courteous and pay attention."
Johnson said people need to be especially careful when alcohol is involved.
"If alcohol is part of your plan, don't operate a vehicle or vessel," Johnson said. "It truly is that simple. We want all of you to have a safe and enjoyable summer beginning with this holiday weekend."
During the Memorial Day weekend in 2014, nine people died and 407 people were injured in 946 traffic accidents. Last year, 146 motorists were arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Troopers will also pay attention to boaters as this weekend serves as the unofficial start to the boating season.
Last year, there were seven boating accidents resulting in two injuries. Twenty people were arrested for boating while intoxicated.
Motorists or boaters in need of assistance or who want to report a crime are encouraged to call 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cell phone.