The patrol arrested two Summersville residents on drug charges Saturday night.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol urges drivers to exercise caution while traveling during the Christmas holiday.

This year’s traffic crash counting period begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. The patrol said there were 1,749 traffic crashes — 11 fatal — last year.

Travelers are reminded that holiday drivers will affect traffic patterns. The patrol reminds the public to check the weather forecast. The road condition report number is 800-222-6400. Motorists may also call the patrol for assistance at 800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. Motorists should use this number if they are in a traffic crash, witness a

crash or crime, or pass a stranded motorist in need of assistance, etc.

“Last year, a Missouri family was affected by a traffic crash every 8.2 minutes,” said Col. Ron Replogle. “Please be a safe, courteous driver. The holidays should be a time of celebration, not sadness. Wear your seat belt, obey Missouri’s traffic laws and plan ahead for traffic or weather patterns that could affect your route. If you decide to include

alcohol in your celebrations, please don’t drive. On behalf of the employees of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, I wish you a safe, happy holiday.”

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