May 23, 2017 (STL.News) MO Highway Patrol – The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be out in full force over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
This effort is called Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) and is aimed at keeping roadways safe. Troopers will concentrate their focus to 20-mile intervals along Interstates 29, 44, 55, and 70, and U.S. Highways 60 and 61 during the holiday counting period from May 26, 2017 and May 29, 2017.
“All across the state, troopers are prepared and available to provide assistance and protection,” said Colonel Sandra K. Karsten. “All of us want you to enjoy a safe holiday weekend. No matter what plans you make, whether you’re on the highway or on the water, please be courteous and pay attention.”
Troopers will be on the lookout for motorists exceeding the speed limit, seat belt violations, and impaired drivers.
“Our goal is to reduce crashes by providing a safer environment for the motoring public,” said Jeffrey N. Vitale, commanding officer Troop E, Poplar Bluff. “Troopers will provide high visibility and strictly enforce all violations.”
Over the 2016 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 13 people were killed and 451 were injured in 1,045 traffic crashes. Troopers also made 135 DWI arrests during the Memorial Day holiday weekend last year.
In addition, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will monitor waterways throughout the state. The Patrol will be on the lookout for those operating a vessel while impaired and life-jacket violations.
During the 2016 Memorial Day weekend, there were 13 boating crashes, which included eight injuries and zero fatalities. No one drowned over last year’s holiday weekend. Troopers also arrested 21 people for boating while intoxicated.
The recent flooding is a concern this year for recreational activities on Missouri waters.
“The flooding has made some of our waterways dangerous,” said Captain Mark G. Inman, commanding officer Troop G, Willow Springs. “Visiting a website or making a phone call could make a big difference in planning a safe, successful holiday outing.”
For the most up-to-date information about river closures and closures due to flood damage, visit the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov/ozar/ or call the park headquarters at 573-323-4236.
Motorists or boaters in need of assistance or who want to report a crime should call the Highway Patrol’s Emergency Assistance at (800)-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. For road condition reports, travelers can visit www.mshp.dps.mo.gov.