An estimated 42 million motorists nationwide are expected to travel this Thanksgiving weekend. The Missouri State Highway Patrol wants to reduce the number of traffic violations and accidents this extended weekend compared to the same four day period last year. Cpt. John Hotz hopes the higher law enforcement presence will help.
“With the gas prices as low as they are, we have been seeing more traffic than usual. We’re prepared for that. We’re expecting that,” said Hotz. “We’re going to be very visible in hopes that people will follow the speed limit and drive at an appropriate speed if the inclement weather is an issue.”
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.
Troopers will focus on intoxicated drivers, those speeding, driving aggressively and making sure travelers are wearing seat belts.
Hotz said planes will also be used by the patrol to help spot those violating traffic laws.