The Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging caution over the long holiday weekend.
Last year over the Christmas holiday, there were 1,264 traffic crashes during the counting period. In those crashes, four people were killed and another 388 were injured. As of Sunday morning, no accident-related wrecks are reported in Texas County.
This year’s traffic crash counting period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday. The patrol says: Remember to wear your seat belt, pay attention to your driving and don’t drink and drive.
Travelers are reminded that holiday drivers will affect traffic patterns. If you’re planning a trip during the holiday, please keep this in mind. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. The Road Condition Report number is 800-222-6400. If bad weather is expected, make sure your vehicle is winterized. Allow extra time to reach your destination, and obey all traffic laws, the patrol says.
If faced with a traffic emergency, motorists can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. This emergency number will ring into the nearest highway patrol headquarters. 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 11.9 minutes,” said Col. Ron Replogle. “The holidays should be a time of celebration, not sadness. Please be a safe, courteous driver. Wear your seat belt, obey Missouri’s traffic laws, and if you include alcohol in your celebrations, please don’t drive.”