COLUMBIA - This Fourth of July weekend, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will look to keep roads safe. It will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). All available officers will patrol Missouri's roads to make sure they are safe.
Last year, there were 385 traffic crashes in Missouri over the Fourth of July weekend. Four people were killed and 194 were injured in those accidents. This year, the Highway Patrol wants all drivers to be safe.
"The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint," said Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Anyone who needs assistance or witnesses criminal activity while traveling can call 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cell phone to contact the nearest Highway Patrol troop headquarters.