Labor Day is only two weeks away. The long Labor Day holiday traffic period will begin on Friday, September 3rd, and end at midnight Monday, September 6th. Last year during the Labor Day holiday weekend, 18 people died on the highway and 463 were injured in 1,041 traffic crashes. Troopers arrested 146 people for driving while intoxicated during last year’s holiday weekend.
The Missouri Highway Patrol is urging motorists to observe speed limits and other rules of the road and to be alert to road conditions during this high traffic period. The patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. over the weekend. All available troopers will be patrolling the state’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. There were 20 boating crashes last Labor Day weekend with one fatality and six injuries.