Extra state troopers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways this Thanksgiving weekend. Troopers will focus on intoxicated drivers, those speeding, driving aggressively and making sure travelers are wearing seat belts.
Cpt. John Hotz said troopers will not just be on the roads.
“They will utilize aircraft if that’s the best way to effect traffic and help reduce the number of violations that we see,” said Hotz.
Hotz advises motorists in southern and northwest Missouri to be extra careful.
“Be aware with all the precipitation we’ve had, as those temperatures continue to drop, we could start to see some roadways that are slick in spots,” said Hotz. “Definitely reduce your speed, allow plenty of distance between you and the vehicles around you and then of course make sure everybody is properly restrained.”
According to the State Patrol, about 63% of Missouri fatal crash victims who are required to be restrained are not at the time of the traffic crash.
The Patrol also urges watercraft operators to ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.
Last year during the same period, nearly five people were injured every hour on Missouri roads. There were 18 fatalities, more than 1,100 crashes and 400 injuries.