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

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging caution during the Christmas travel season.

Last year over the Christmas holiday, there were 1,117 traffic crashes during the 102-hour counting period. In those crashes, six people were killed and another 342 were injured. This year’s traffic crash counting period is 30 hours in length and begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25.

The patrol offers these tips:

• 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, keep it in mind. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. The Road Condition Report number is 888-275-6636. If bad weather is expected, make sure your vehicle is winterized. Allow extra time to reach your destination, and obey all traffic laws.

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, see traffic emergencies or observe a stranded motorist in need.

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