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Heading out this holiday weekend? More state troopers may be watching you


A lot of travelers will hit the roads tomorrow for the Labor Day weekend.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol hopes increased patrols will stop a current trend from growing any further.

The patrol says fatal accidents across Missouri so far this year are up twelve percent compared to the same time last year.  Starting tomorrow, every available state trooper will be on the roads, looking for drunk drivers.  Troopers will also look for any other dangerous driving, like following too closely, texting while driving, and failing to wear seat belts.

"My job is typically doing safety programs, doing interviews such as this," says Corporal John Lueckenhoff.  "But tomorrow, I'll be out on the road, just like everybody else, answering calls and enforcing traffic regulations."

Missouri law specifically forbids texting by drivers younger than 22.  Even older drivers who text could be cited for distracted driving.

"History tells us that when you see more troopers on the road, you're more inclined to follow traffic regulations, more inclined to drive safer because you recognize that that enforcement effort is out there," says Lueckenhoff.

Troopers say 63 percent of the fatalities on Missouri highways last year involved people not wearing seat belts.  

Last year, there were six people killed and 369 injured in Missouri over the Labor Day holiday.


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