The long Thanksgiving holiday will place many motorists on Missouri highways this week. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Captain Tim Hull with the Missouri State Highway Patrol:
Hull says troopers will be participating in Operation Care to ensure safety on the roadways. “As part of that campaign, we will put every available officer out on the highways sometime during the holiday period,” said Hull,” The troopers will be enforcing the drinking and driving laws, speed limit, seat belt use, as well as child restraints. They will also be assisting motorists who might need help. This year, the Thanksgiving holiday counting period will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and go through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 25th.”
In addition, the 20-mile trooper campaign will also be in effect over the extended weekend. “We will put troopers on the major highways such as Interstates 35, 44, 55, and 70, as well as some of the U.S. highways like 60 and 61,” said Hull,” There will be a trooper every 20 miles and what that does is gives us higher visibility and hopefully encourages motorists to pay a little more attention to their full time job of driving.”
Over Thanksgiving in 2011, four people were killed and 464 were injured on Missouri Highways.
Motorists are reminded that the Highway Patrol can be reached by dialing *55 on a cellphone.