Highway Patrol Increases Patrols for Labor Day

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COLUMBIA - Holiday travelers should expect to see much more traffic on Missouri Highways Monday. According to AAA, more than 20 million Americans plan to hit the roads for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Monday is the last day of the holiday weekend, so many people will head home after a weekend of traveling. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages drivers to buckle up and be careful.

In 2012, there more than 1,000 traffic crashes happened in Missouri over Labor Day weekend, resulting in seven deaths.

Highway Patrol upped its patrols for the weekend to try to make the roads safer for Missourians.

"The Patrol encourages everyone to have a safe Labor Day holiday," said Missouri Highway Patrol Colonel Ronald Replogle. "Please buckle up in your vehicle and wear a life jacket on or near water. If you witness criminal activity or experience an emergency-whether you're on a highway or on the water, call the Patrol's Emergency Report Line at 1 (800) 525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone.

Any available officers are patrolling the roadways to ensure drivers follow all traffic laws.

Highway patrol is also participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) throughout the weekend to further the driver safety.