The Operation C.A.R.E. and the 20-Mile Trooper enforcement projects will be on display over the weekend. Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk with Lieutenant Scott Meyer of Highway Patrol Troop H:

Lt. Scott Meyer

Meyer says the programs are in response to the last hurrah of the summer for some Missourians as Labor Day weekend is considered the last holiday of the summer season. According to Meyer, every available trooper will be out patrolling the roads starting Friday.

Meyer believes the initiatives work but there is always room for improvement.

Lieutenant John Hotz of Highway Patrol Troop A says the numbers are staggering. Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk with Lieutenant John Hotz:

Lt. John Hotz

According to Hotz, one person was injured or killed in traffic crashes every 8.9 minutes over the holiday weekend last year and troopers made 190 arrests state-wide for driving while intoxicated.

Drivers can expect to see an increased patrol presence on Interstates 35, 44, 55, and 70 as well as regionally on U.S. Highways 24, 36, 54, 59, 60, 63, 65, 69, 71, 136, and 169.