The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding the public to use caution during their travels over the holiday weekend. Click to hear KMZU’s Brian Locke speak with Director of the Public Information and Education Division Captain Tim Hull.
Hull said one of the programs patrol will be involved with is called 20-mile Trooper. “In that operation we put a trooper on specific interstate highways as well as many US highways every 20 miles. Those officers are out there to enforce traffic laws and assist motorists if they become stranded or end up in some type of situation.”
Captain Hull added there are many ways to stay safe on the water and on the road. “We also take this opportunity to remind everybody traveling on the water over the holiday to make sure they stay safe there as well. Never operate a boat while intoxicated. It is always best to have a sober skipper as well as on the highway where it is always best to have a sober driver designated.”
According to a press release, Troop B, Macon and Troop H, St. Joseph will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Efforts). The patrol will use additional officers on designated roadways to ensure public safety over the holiday. Both troops will also take part in 20-mile Trooper Wednesday and Sunday. Troopers will be placed every 20 miles along specified roadways.
Troop H has designated U.S. highways 36, 59, 65, 71, 136, and 169 as C.A.R.E. highways. Their officers will be monitoring Interstate 35 for the 20-mile Trooper program.
Troop B will be patrolling U.S. Highways 24, 36, and 63 throughout the Troop B area for both enforcement programs.
Law enforcement reminds the public to make sure everyone in a vehicle is in proper restraints, and while on the water be sure everyone is wearing life jackets.