JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Before hitting the road this Thanksgiving, the Missouri State Highway Patrol urges everyone to put down their cell phones and buckle their seat belts.
Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend 11 people were killed and another 455 were injured in 1,195 traffic crashes. That's one death or injury every 13.3 minutes.
To reduce those numbers, the patrol will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.
Officers will be patrolling Missouri roadways enforcing traffic laws, especially those related to drunk driving, speeding, and seat belt/child restraint use.
"It's important that everyone arrive at their Thanksgiving destination safely," said Colonel Ron Relogle, superintendent of the MSHP. "Please obey all traffic laws, wear your seat belt, and pay attention to the job of driving—that text or cell phone call can wait."
In case of emergency, motorists are urged to call the patrol at 1-800-525-5555 (*55 on a cell phone) to report crashes and crimes being committed.