The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds Missouri’s travelers of the importance of safety during the upcoming July Fourth holiday.
In 2010, 13 people were killed and 472 injured in Missouri over the holiday in 1,121 traffic crashes. One person was killed or injured every 9.6 minutes.
The 2011 counting period for the July Fourth holiday began at 6 p.m., Friday, July 1, to 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 4. So far there as been on injury-related accident in Texas County.
The highway patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) over the July Fourth holiday weekend. All available officers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways enforcing Missouri’s speed limit, seat belt, and alcohol laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists.
Troopers throughout the state will participate in a 20-mile trooper operation on July 1 and July 4. This operation will include Interstates 29, 44, 55, and 70, and U.S. 60 and 61. Troopers will be targeting all traffic violations, and be especially vigilant of aggressive driving violations.
Motorists who need assistance or who witness criminal activity while traveling on Missouri’s roadways can contact the nearest highway patrol troop headquarters by calling the Patrol Emergency Report Line at 800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone.
The water patrol division reminds the public that the Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest boating weekends of the year. Additional officers will be working on the state’s waters to ensure safety. Missouri’s boaters are asked to do their part by remaining alert for other boats and swimmers and being courteous. With more boats on the water, it is even more important to pay attention when operating your vessel.
The many firework displays after dark attract many more boaters at night.