Troopers Step Up Patrol

1 decade 10 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, July 05 2007 Jul 5, 2007 Thursday, July 05, 2007 1:28:44 PM CDT July 05, 2007 in News

The Fourth of July is a nationally recognized holiday, which means most people are off work, have a longer weekend, and maybe even took a quick vacation. So the troopers increase thier patrols.

"The highway patrol's enphasis is really on trying to arrest drunk drivers on the Fourth of July weekend and keep our drinking and driving accidents down to a minimum," said State Trooper Gary Gundy.

Last year there were 840 injury accidents and 12 deaths on Missouri's highways during the Independence Day weekend, averaging out to one accident every seven and a half minutes.

This Independence Day, officers say there were fewer cars on the highway than in previous years. So for them, today was like any other day in the week.

This holiday was a little different than other Fourth of July celebrations because it fell right in the middle of the week. Many people had to work Thursday.

"A lot of people have to work, and it makes it harder for them because they can't come out and enjoy the stuff like a regular holiday would be," said Caryn Setterquist.

So far the highway patrol reports only one fatality this Fourth of July counting period.

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