Have A Safe Memorial Day!

Have A Safe Memorial Day!
The upcoming Memorial Day weekend is an opportunity for Missourians
to enjoy the outdoors and fun activities found in this great state. Whether
you will be visiting family or going to one of Missouri’s lakes or other
travel destinations, the Missouri State Highway Patrol urges everyone to
think about safety when making plans for the holiday weekend. Be aware of
construction along your route, pay attention while you are driving, and
buckle up.
The Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined
Accident Reduction Effort) during the long holiday weekend. This means
every available officer will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and
assisting motorists. Motorists in need of assistance or who want to report
a crime should use the Highway Patrol’s Highway Emergency number
1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. For road condition reports,
travelers can call 1-800-222-6400 to hear about road construction areas
throughout the state.
Last year, 15 people died and 474 were injured in 1,094 traffic
crashes over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That is one person killed or
injured every 9.6 minutes. Inattention, speeding, and failing to yield the
right-of-way were the leading contributing factors to traffic crashes over
the 2007 Memorial Day weekend. Motorists are encouraged to be safe and
courteous drivers. This year’s fatality counting period for the holiday
weekend begins at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 23, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday
May 26, 2008. Troopers will focus their attention on seat belt use, use of
child safety seats, drinking and driving, and speeding.
Missouri is currently experiencing over a nine percent reduction
in traffic deaths compared to the same time period last year. However,
there are several holiday periods, and many vacation days between now and
the end of the year. The Patrol is asking the assistance of motorists in
continuing this reduction throughout the year by practicing safe driving
habits.
“We expect a large number of drivers on the road this holiday. Make
safety part of your three-day weekend,” said Colonel James F. Keathley,
superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “Don’t drink and
drive, but DO buckle your seat belt. We want all of you to have a safe,
enjoyable holiday weekend.”