Labor Day weekend is finally here which means road trips and boating are two of the things on a lot of peoples agendas.  Click here to listen to KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Sergeant Brent Bernhardt from Troop B of the Missouri State Highway Patrol:

Brent Bernhardt

Missouri law enforcement officers urge you to use caution and good judgment this year. “Last year during the same holiday period, 8 people were killed and 404 people were injured in the state of Missouri in traffic accidents,” said Sgt. Bernhardt, “This is certainly something that the Highway Patrol is very serious about reducing andwe’re certainly going to be working very hard this holiday period to do that.”

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be participating in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort, or C.A.R.E., during the holiday weekend. This means they will have every available officer on the roads to enforce traffic laws and assist motorists. “We will be participating in a 20 Mile trooper program,” said Sgt. Bernhardt, “In the Troop B area, that will consist of Friday and Monday on U.S. Highways 61, 36, and 63.  This operation is to step up enforcement on our heavily traveled corridors.”

The roadways aren’t the only place to practice safety. “You know, we talk a lot about our troopers being busy on our highways, but Missouri is very blessed with having a lot of lakes, rivers, and tributaries. We know there are going to be a lot of people participating in boating and water type activities,” said Sgt. Bernhardt. “Missouri state troopers are going to be busy on those waterways and we’re going to be out there ensuring that people are operating their watercraft safely. Just as we tell people not to drink and drive a motor vehicle, we’re also encouraging boaters to never drink and drive. Operating a boat while intoxicated or a vehicle is very very dangerous and it is a crime in the state of Missouri.”

If you need to call in a crime or need motorist assist you can reach the State Highway Patrol by calling *55 on your mobile phone or 1-800-525-5555.

Press Release: 

Troop B Officers To Participate In Operation C.A.R.E. And 20-Mile Trooper Enforcement Programs Over The 2014 Labor Day Weekend, add 1

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MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL a division of the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Troop B Headquarters – 308 Pine Crest Drive – Macon, Missouri  63552

NEWS RELEASE

For further information please contact:        Sergeant Brent J. Bernhardt                                                 (660) 385-2132 B14085 August 19, 2014
EMPHASIS:  Troop B Officers To Participate In Operation C.A.R.E. And 20-Mile Trooper Enforcement Programs Over The 2014 Labor Day Weekend
Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces upcoming plans for Troop B officers to participate in Operation C.A.R.E. and 20-Mile Trooper enforcement programs over the 2014 Labor Day weekend.The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) during the long holiday weekend.  This means every available officer will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists.  The counting period for the Labor Day weekend will be from 6 p.m. Friday, August 29, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014. Additionally, Troop B officers will be conducting a 20-Mile Trooper project on U.S. Highways 36, 61, and 63 throughout the Troop B area on August 29, 2014, and September 1, 2014.  During this enforcement program, troopers will be assigned to 20-mile intervals in an effort to step up traffic enforcement with a goal of reducing traffic crashes over the holiday weekend.”The Labor Day weekend is the last long holiday weekend of the summer and many people will be traveling on Missouri roadways,” stated Captain Wilt.  “I would like to urge all motorists to make sure safe driving is a part of your plans.  Make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt, and never drink and drive.”In support of “The Drive To ZERO Highway Deaths,” the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint.  Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.  Click It 4 Life And Wear It!!

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Sergeant Brent J. Bernhardt Public Information and Education Officer Troop B, Macon Missouri State Highway Patrol (660) 385-2132