Labor Day Weekend is a few days away; The counting period for the Labor Day holiday will be from 6 p.m., Friday, September 4, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 7, and Missouri State Highway Patrol wants you to travel safely. Be sure and incorporate safety into every facet of your weekend. Choosing your route, making sure your equipment is in good working condition, being aware of and following Missouri’s traffic and boating laws, driving your vehicle or vessel courteously, and wearing a seat belt or a life jacket Are all ways to help ensure a safer Labor Day weekend for everyone.
Captain John Hotz with the Highway Patrol offers some advice for your Labor Day Weekend.
In Missouri, nine people died and 431 were injured in 1,021 traffic crashes over the 2019 Labor Day holiday. Troopers arrested 116 people for driving while intoxicated during last year’s holiday weekend.
If you are in danger, involved in an emergency, or witness wreckless/ dangerous activity on the roadway or waterways, contact *55 for your local Highway Patrol Office.
All available troopers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways and waterways. Troopers on the roadways will be enforcing Missouri’s speed limit, seat belt, and impaired driving laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists. Marine enforcement troopers will be working to make our waterways safer during the holiday weekend. Missouri’s boaters are asked to do their part by remaining alert for other boats and swimmers and be courteous on the water, avoid overloading their boat with too many passengers, and always pay close attention to the boats around them. Life jackets save lives. Wear one when you are on or around water. Never operate a vehicle or vessel while you are impaired. If your celebration includes alcohol, designate someone else to drive whether you are in your boat or your car.