Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces the 2013 Memorial Day weekend traffic crash and enforcement totals for the Troop B area, which consists of the 16 northeast counties of Missouri. During the holiday weekend troopers participated in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), and as an added enforcement effort also conducted a "20-Mile Trooper Operation" on U.S. Highways 36, 61, and 63 on Friday, May 24, 2013, and Monday, May 27, 2013.
During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend traffic crash counting period, which began at 6 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2013, Troop B officers investigated seven traffic crashes resulting in no injuries or fatalities. Preliminary enforcement totals show officers issued 468 summonses for exceeding the posted speed limit, 105 summonses for seat belt violations, issued 676 warnings, made five arrests for driving while intoxicated, and assisted 249 motorists.
"Even though this major holiday period has ended, we want to urge motorists to continue to drive safely and always wear their seat belts," stated Captain Wilt.
The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life and Wear It!!!