September 1, 2005

Highway Patrol Ready for Labor Day Weekend

For many Missourians, Labor Day marks the end of summer. Many families will plan one last special outing. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to expect a change in traffic patterns during the upcoming holiday weekend.

To help ensure everyoneís safety, offer assistance, and enforce Missouriís traffic laws, the Highway Patrol will schedule every available officer to patrol the roadways. The Labor Day counting period will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 2, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 5, 2005. The Patrol, along with local law enforcement, will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).

Last year, 20 people were killed and 563 persons were injured in 1,210 traffic crashes occurring during the Labor Day holiday counting period. That is one person killed or injured every 8.0 minutes. Over the past five years (2000-2004), 73 persons were killed and 3,026 were injured in Labor Day holiday crashes.

Travelers needing assistance, or reporting a drunk or careless driver, illegal activity on the highways, or a stalled motorist can call the Patrolís Emergency Hotline at 1-800-525-5555 or, on a cellular phone, dial *55. To receive the latest road conditions for major Missouri highways, motorists may call the Patrolís Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-222-6400 or (573) 526-8828.

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