The Missouri State Highway Patrol has extra officers on the road during the Christmas travel period.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds motorists that many Missourians will travel during the Thanksgiving weekend. The agency is urging caution and safety as traffic patterns change.

The patrol will participate in Operation C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) during the holiday weekend. As part of this operation, all available officers will be assigned to Missouri’s roadways to enforce traffic laws, especially those related to drunk driving, speeding and seat belt/child restraint use. Troopers will also be assisting motorists as needed. 

Over the past several years, the patrol has used special traffic enforcement projects to further their efforts to decrease traffic crashes and fatalities. This Thanksgiving weekend will include such an enforcement project, a 20-mile trooper operation. Officers will be assigned at 20-mile intervals along Interstates 29, 44, 55 and 70 as well as U.S. 60 and 61. 

During the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, six persons were killed and another 434 were injured in 1,208 traffic crashes. That means traffic crashes killed or injured one person every 13.9 minutes in Missouri.

“It’s important that everyone arrive at their Thanksgiving destination safely,” said Col. Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “Please obey all traffic laws, wear your seat belt and pay attention to the job of driving –– that text or cell phone call can wait. If alcohol is part of your plan, don’t drink and drive. On behalf of the employees of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, I wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.”

The Highway Patrol’s Emergency Assistance number is 800-525-5555 (or *55 on a cellular phone). Motorists should use this emergency assistance number to report traffic crashes, crimes being committed or other emergencies on Missouri’s highways. When you dial this number anywhere in the state, it rings directly into the closest patrol headquarters. 

Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol had not reported any injury-related accidents by Friday morning in Texas County.

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