Missouri State Patrol Working for Safer Roads Over Thanksgiving

Missouri State Patrol Working for Safer Roads Over Thanksgiving

Officials with the Missouri State Patrol are stepping up to let motorists know that this is going to be a busy Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend, according to the Heartland Connection. With increased travel and traffic, and deteriorating weather conditions, drivers are going to have to be extra careful.

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If you’re traveling during this time, make sure your car is in good condition before heading out. Officials are also reminding drivers to make sure that they get a good night’s rest before heading out on their holiday road trip.

Our St. Louis car accident lawyers understand that the patrol will also be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) through the holiday weekend. With this operation, officials will be combing our state’s roadways to make sure that motorists are abiding by all road laws. They will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, speeding motorists and those who aren’t properly using child restraint systems. They’ll also be out on the roads assisting anyone who experiences an unfortunate breakdown or other mishap.

For the last few years, the patrol used various special traffic enforcement projects to help to make our roadways safer, decreasing the risks for accidents and fatalities. This year, the project will include a 20-Mile Trooper Operation. Along this route, officers will be strategically placed to look for irresponsible and dangerous drivers.

Missouri State Police officially considers this holiday period as the time from 6:00 p.m. on the 27th through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. During the holiday period in 2012, there were close to 10 people killed and another 450 injured in the more than 1,200 accidents witnessed on our state’s roadways. Breaking that down, someone was injured or killed every 14 minutes.

“On behalf of the employees of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, I wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving,” said Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

If you need any help out there on our roadways over the holiday weekend, please call the state’s Emergency Assistance number by calling 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on your cell phone. You can also use this number to report crimes, traffic or accidents.

According to The Washington Times, more than 39 million people drove an average of 588 miles to their holiday destinations in 2012. And we’re expected to see even more this year as residents throughout the nation feel more comfortable spending at the pump and splurging on holiday vacations.

Before heading out, make sure you know where you’re going. Keep distractions out of the driver’s seat and make sure that everyone in your vehicle is buckled in. Practice your safest driving habits and be ready for road congestion. Our streets are going to be crammed. Keep your calm behind the wheel. We’re all in this together.

We would like to wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend. Keep an eye on your surroundings and drive cautiously and defensively.

More Blog Entries:

St. Louis Traffic Accidents — 5 Ways to Help Teen Drivers, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, November 1, 2013

Teens Skipping Out on GDL Program Face Serious Accident Risks, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, August 20, 2013

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