Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces Troop B officers will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) is a national traffic enforcement program aimed at making holiday weekends safer.
During this enforcement operation, all available troopers will be assigned to patrol Missouri highways, not only aggressively enforcing traffic laws, but also to be available in the event motorists experience any type of emergency. In addition to Operation C.A.R.E., Troop B officers will conduct a "20-Mile Trooper" enforcement operation on U.S. Highway 61 throughout the Troop B area and selected portions of U.S. Highways 36 and 63, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, and Sunday, December 1, 2013. During this operation, officers will be assigned to 20-mile sections of those roadways in an effort to promote safety and reduce traffic crashes on the primary roadways in Troop B.
Missouri is currently experiencing an 11% decrease in traffic fatalities compared to the same period last year. The Patrol is committed to the reduction of traffic crash fatalities through education and enforcement efforts and will be conducting additional enforcement programs through the remainder of the year. Those enforcement programs will focus on seat belt violations and violations that cause traffic crashes.
"We expect many motorists to be traveling throughout Missouri over this holiday period," stated Captain Wilt. "Our goal is very simple: We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely. Please obey all traffic laws, ensure that everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained, and never drink and drive."
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!!!