Many Missouri drivers will hit the road this weekend to return home from the Thanksgiving holiday. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Clark Parrott said every available trooper will be patrolling the roads this weekend.

“Before you leave, make sure you take a big old dose of patience. Don’t be afraid to let somebody out and, you know, understand that this is the season of Thanksgiving,” Parrott told KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau. “You never know what somebody next to you is going through. That’s where taking that big dose of patience in giving a little bit of grace is going to come in.”

Sunday is expected to be the busiest traffic day of the holiday weekend.

“When you look, speed is one of the factors that is behind our fatal traffic crashes. Fortunately, we have been trending down,” said Parrott. “We’re about 5%, 6% below last year’s numbers. So, we want to continue that this weekend.”

Parrott said this weekend law enforcement officers will be focusing on speeders, aggressive driving, seatbelt use, drivers on their phones, and impaired drivers.

“We want people to get where they’re going to their festivities, their parties, the family gathering through the weekend. But we want them to do it in a responsible manner. You know, in this day and age, use an Uber. If a traffic crash or just a DWI is all that you got out of it, that would be pretty fortunate. I can’t imagine it will be worth your life or a decision that will cost somebody else their life,” said Parrott.

Parrott said road rage is a problem this time of year.

“Part of it is they’re so fixated on getting the butter or trying to get that Black Friday deal before it’s Black Friday that they kind of tend to lose sight,” he said.

The National Weather Service is predicting a light snow mix late Saturday into Sunday along and north of I-70. It’s also expected to be a heavy, wet snow. Little to no accumulations are expected due to ground temperatures being too warm.

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