Missouri State Highway Patrol is gearing up for a safe Labor Day weekend and will work tirelessly to reduce the number of traffic accidents. MSHP officials say over the 4-day weekend they will initiate Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort – C.A.R.E. C.A.R.E. will focus on St. Louis Interstates 44, 55, and 70. A Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman said the officials will be zero-ing in on particular sections of interstates looking for speeding, drunk driving, and aggressive driving. A perennial plea for safe driving has been issued by the MSHP, and Missouri drivers are being asked to buckle up and refrain from driving too close.
MSHP Sergeant commented on a recent statistic indicating that fatalities on Missouri roadways were up six percent compared to last year. The Sergeant said the numbers have gone down somewhat and this year is about even with last year. According to the Sergeant, over 800 people die every year on roadways in Missouri and MSHP wants to see those numbers go down. MSHP officials report 1,094 crashes occurred last year on Labor Day weekend in Missouri. Out of those 1,094 crashes, ten people were killed, and 508 were injured. MSHP officials report that the number one cause of crashes in Missouri remains – distracted driving.Attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, know first hand the devastation distracting driving can cause. Thousands of families lose loved ones from distracted driving accidents every year in Missouri. If you are a victim of distracted driving, contact a traffic accident attorney at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC.