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COLUMBIA – The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be putting "all available troopers" on the roads over Thanksgiving week.

The MSHP said those troopers will be keeping a close eye out for driving infractions, especially those related to impaired driving, driving over the speed limit, and seat belt/child restraint use.

Capt. Michael A. Turner, commanding officer of Troop F in Jefferson City said the department's goal is very simple.

"We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely,” he said. “Taking the job of driving seriously and remembering to buckle up will help us reach that goal."

MU student Tyler Brumfield said he’s headed home for Chicago. It’s a trip he takes often but, he said, he still takes certain precautions.

“I usually always make sure I have a full tank of gas before I leave, making sure my tires are full of air,” he said. “I usually go get my car checked out as well so like the oil pressure and the fuel tank pressure as well.”

Brumfield said he won’t be alone.  

“The drive is a little better when you do ride with someone else. That kind of helps me stay alert.”

Col. Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said drivers need to pay attention every mile of their  trip.

“That means obeying all traffic signs, driving sober, and putting down your cell phone in order to have a safe Thanksgiving holiday," she said.

To report crashes, crimes, or other emergencies on Missouri’s highways, call the Highway Patrol’s Emergency Assistance number: 1-800-525-5555 (or *55 on a cellular phone).

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