Highway Patrol Prepares for Holiday Traffic

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OSAGE BEACH - Bridgeport Boat Rentals is gearing up for Memorial Day weekend. Owners told KOMU 8 Saturday rentals were nearly booked Friday. To keep kids safe on the lake, Bridgeport said everyone seven years old and younger or weighing 90 pounds or less is required to wear a life jacket.

Because visitors need to jump on the highway to get to the lake and other travel destinations, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said it will have more troopers on the states roads this weekend.

Captain Tim Hull of the highway patrol said it will participate in a national program called Operation C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Under this program, all troopers will patrol the states roads at some point during the three-day holiday weekend, even if they typically work in administrative positions. Hull also said there are about 980 troopers in the state total. There are also about 90 assigned to marine operations.

The highway patrol also plans to have a trooper stationed every 20 miles along interstates and some U.S. highways.

Hull also said the highway patrol saw four vehicle fatalities and ten boating accidents during Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend 2011.

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