MSHP 20-mile trooper operation will be in effect in Pettis County

Last updated: August 22. 2014 12:55PM - 268 Views
By Pat Pratt ppratt@civitasmedia.com



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WIth Labor Day fast approaching, the Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists to stay safe during the holiday weekend and that the 20-mile trooper operation will be in effect in Pettis County.


“Labor Day is one of our most heavily traveled weekends,” said MSHP Public Information Officer Sgt. Collin Stosberg. “We will be conducting a 20-mile trooper project to include U.S. (Highway) 65 and 50 in Pettis County. We will be providing service and 24-hour coverage.”


In the 20-mile trooper project, the MSHP assigns a state trooper to each 20-mile interval of highway in an effort to reduce traffic related accidents and deaths. The 2014 counting period for the Labor Day holiday will be from 6 p.m. Aug. 29 through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 1.


In 2013, eight people were killed and 404 injured in Missouri over the Labor Day holiday in 967 traffic crashes. Of that total, troopers worked 248 traffic crashes, which included 112 injuries and five of the fatalities over the 2013 Labor Day holiday.


“It’s a peak travel weekend so that’s when people are out the most. We encourage folks that are out driving to slow down, do the speed limit, do not drive impaired and buckle their seat belt. Our goal is to reduce fatalities and injuries. Right now, we are at the same number of fatalities today as we were at last year,” Stosberg said.


Troopers arrested 119 people for driving while intoxicated during last year’s holiday weekend.


“Make sure you have a designated driver. Choose your ride before you go out drinking,” Stosberg said. “There is a zero tolerance policy for driving under the influence. Last year nearly 30 percent of our fatal crashes involved impaired drivers.”


Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) will also be in effect over the Labor Day holiday weekend. All available officers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways enforcing Missouri’s speed limit, seat belt, and alcohol laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists.


The Labor Day holiday is also a busy boating weekend. In 2013, there were nine boating crashes with seven injuries and zero fatalities. There were no drownings, but troopers arrested 14 people for boating while intoxicated during last year’s counting period.


MSHP officials said with more boats on the water, to pay attention to the boats around you and ask your passengers to assist with this. Evasive maneuvers should be made early and deliberately. Check your vessel’s navigation lights before heading out at night, and be sure to have spare bulbs on board.


Avoid overloading your boat with too many passengers, and observe Missouri’s nighttime speed limit of 30 miles per hour on the water. The MSHP also strongly urges the use of seat belts when traveling in any kind of vehicle and life jackets when on a Missouri lake, river or stream.


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.


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