December 25, 2003

Patrol Stresses Safety During Holidays

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds travelers that holiday drivers will affect traffic patterns. If youíre planning a trip during the holidays, please keep this in mind. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. The Road Condition Report number is 1-800-222-6400. If bad weather is expected, make sure your vehicle is winterized. Allow extra time to reach your destination and obey all laws.

Last year over the Christmas holiday, there were 384 traffic crashes during a 30-hour counting period. In those crashes, one person was killed and another 142 were injured. This yearís traffic crash counting period begins Wednesday, December 24, and ends on Sunday, December 28.

Please remember to wear your seat belt, pay attention to your driving, and please, donít drink and drive.

If faced with a traffic emergency, motorists can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555 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.

ďTroopers are proud to serve Missouriís citizens and all available officers will be on the roadway during this holiday season,Ē said Colonel Roger D. Stottlemyre. ďEveryone is encouraged to buckle their seat belts. Too many lives are lost when people donít buckle up.Ē

The New Yearís traffic crash counting period will be Wednesday, December 31 through Sunday, January 4.

Last year, eight people were killed and 194 injured in 411 traffic crashes over this holiday. The Highway Patrol urges motorists to drive safely during this holiday period. If your plans include alcohol, choose a designated driver.

ďDrunk drivers cause too many traffic crashes every year,Ē said Colonel Roger D. Stottlemyre. ďThe injuries and deaths that result from drunk driving can be prevented if people celebrate responsibly.Ē



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