MoDot is warning drivers to be cautious as traffic increases during the holiday. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Highway Safety Director Leanna Depue:
Depue said one way to remain safe is to plan ahead, and recommended MoDot’s traveler information mobile app, which is available for iPhones, Androids, iPads, and tablets. She also cautioned drivers to remember the basics, such as using seatbelts, never driving distracted, and never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The Missouri Highway Patrol will be stepping up its law enforcement efforts. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Sergeant Brent Bernhardt:
The Patrol will participate in the 20-mile trooper program on Sunday, which means they will have troopers stationed every 20 miles on some of Missouri’s major Highways. The Highway Patrol is also participating in Operation Care over the holiday, which puts every available trooper on the roadways at some point.
Press Release from the Missouri Department of Transportation
JEFFERSON CITY, MO -The Thanksgiving holiday is usually one of travel and cheer. Unfortunately, it can also be a very dangerous time on Missouri roads. During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday there were 1372 traffic crashes, and four fatalities on Missouri’s roadways.
“The sheer number of crashes, injuries and deaths during this holiday are startling enough, but worse yet, most of those deaths and injuries could have been prevented,” said Leanna Depue, executive chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “With more people traveling, the possibility for traffic incidents increases, but there are many things motorists can do to keep themselves safer on the roads.”
Before you head to Thanksgiving dinner, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety urges you to plan your safe travel ahead of time. With increased traffic and hurried travelers, safety needs to your top priority. You can make your holiday travel safer by following these tips:
- Plan your trip. MoDOT has expanded and upgraded its Traveler Information mobile app. This app offers the latest information on Missouri road conditions, work zones, flooding and incidents for iPhones, Androids, iPads and tablets.
- Buckle Up. The use of safety belts and child restraints is one of the best ways to prevent death and personal injury when involved in a traffic crash.
- Don’t Drive Distracted. Concentrate only on your driving and pay close attention to motorists around you.
- Obey the laws of the road. Speeding is a contributing factor of the fatal and personal injury crashes during the holidays.
- Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you plan to drink, designate a driver, or call a cab.
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