Operation CARE Underway for Holiday Weekend

By KOLR10 News

Published 11/26 2013 06:27PM

Updated 11/27 2013 05:02AM

MISSOURI – Holiday travelers are hitting the road today on the busiest travel day of the year.  Expect to see a lot of Highway Patrol cars out there with you.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is launching Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) during the weekend and all available officers will be assigned to the roadways to enforce traffic laws, especially drunk driving, speeding and seatbelt use.

Over the past several years, the Patrol has used special traffic enforcement projects to further their efforts to decrease traffic crashes and fatalities, according to MSHP.

This Thanksgiving weekend includes a 20-Mile Trooper operation, a special traffic enforcement project. Troopers will be assigned at 20-mile intervals along Interstates 29, 44, 55, and 70, as well as U.S. Highways 60 and 61.

The counting period for the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend is from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 1, 2013.

During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend last year, six people were killed and another 434 were injured in 1,208 traffic crashes. That means traffic crashes killed or injured one person every 13.9 minutes in Missouri over last year's Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers will also be available to assist motorists as needed.

To report traffic crashes, crimes, or other emergencies on the highways, call  the Highway Patrol's Emergency Assistance number at 1-800-525-5555 (or *55 on a cellular phone).

Of course, no matter how safely you drive, you can't control other drivers. And so the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint.

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