The Missouri State Highway Patrol says there will additional officers on highways during the holiday weekend.

Capt. Mark G. Inman of Troop G in Willow Springs — which includes Texas County — says officers are participating in the Memorial Day weekend enforcement operations.

These operation’s objective is to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes. Early Monday morning there had been no injury-related accidents reported in Texas County.

Throughout the holiday weekend, troopers within Troop G and throughout the state will  participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). In addition to Operation C.A.R.E., Troop G will also participate in the statewide 20-Mile Trooper project during the peak travel periods on Friday, May 23, and Monday, May 26. During this operation, troopers will be assigned to 20-mile stretches of U.S. 60. Enforcement efforts on secondary roads will be conducted during the same timeframe within Troop G. Over the entire holiday weekend troopers will be vigorously enforcing all traffic laws and helping motorists in need of assistance.

In support of ‘The Drive To ZERO Highway Deaths,’ the patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.

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