NORTHWEST MISSOURI — Seniors will take a big step towards adulthood at many high schools across the KMZU listening area this weekend.

Sgt. Collin Stosberg, Public Information Officer with Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, told KMZU’s Brian Lock that while graduation weekend is special for many area graduates, poor decision making can ruin an otherwise happy occasion.

Click below to hear their conversation, which aired Friday morning on KMZU.

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“Part of the patrol’s 86-year history is providing educational programs,” Sgt. Stosberg said. “My colleagues and I and other troopers have been out at area high schools hopefully making kids think. Education is the best investment we can make with our high school kids.”

On average, every two hours a person in Missouri is either injured or killed in an incident involving an impaired driver.

“In 2017, there were 227 fatalities and almost 3,500 people injured in a crash with an impaired driver,:” Stosberg said.

The Highway Patrol hopes their outreach to students will help them make the right choices in sticky situations to avoid any run-ins with law enforcement.

“We want [students] to make good choices,” Stoberg explained. “There are a lot of things that go along with safe driving. Pay attention when your driving, not speeding and obviously not driving impaired. Getting arrested could be costly. There’s medical expenses, possible jail tame, if someone is injured or killed that person will pay the price for the rest of their lives.”

So heed the Highway Patrol’s advice – if you’re under 21, stay away from alcohol, and always remember to designate a driver if you are over 21 and plan to be drinking.

Congratulations to all the graduates in the class of 2018!