State Highway Patrol urges people to plan a safe Labor Day weekend

6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Friday, August 30 2019 Aug 30, 2019 Friday, August 30, 2019 4:30:00 AM CDT August 30, 2019 in News
By: Leo Rocha, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY - Friday marks the start of Labor Day weekend, and officials are asking drivers to be responsible after someone was killed or injured about every 10 minutes during last year’s holiday.

During the 2018 Labor Day weekend in Missouri, 11 people died and 470 were injured in 1,048 crashes.

Missouri State Highway Patrol said to expect increased presence on roads.

“We’re going to have as many troopers out there on the highway as possible to make sure we’re enforcing the law,” Sgt. Scott White said. “But also [to] help anyone that may run out of gas or might have some type of vehicle problem.”

Last year, troopers arrested 113 people for drunk driving.

“We definitely stress to the public to make sure that they’re paying attention, driving sober, and of course wearing that seatbelt,” White said. “We’re going to do everything we can to keep people safe, but we do need the public’s help.”

This year, one thing that may make roads even more dangerous is the possibility of heavy rain over the weekend.

“Road conditions can change in an instant,” MoDOT State Maintenance Director Natalie Roark said in a press release. “Always be alert when driving and remember, Buckle Up, Phone Down.”

To make roads safer, MoDOT is planning to limit construction projects throughout the state from noon Friday to 9 a.m. Tuesday. Lane and bridge closures already in place before the holiday will be unaffected.

MoDOT said gas is the cheapest it has been in three years over the holiday weekend. Thursday’s average is almost 25 cents cheaper than last year’s holiday, and four cents cheaper than in 2017.

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