If you think you’re seeing more police along the road as you make your holiday travels, it’s not just your imagination.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be increasing their enforcement during the 30-hour Christmas period between 6 p.m. Tuesday night through all of Christmas day.
Highway Patrol officials say it’s an effort to keep down the number of accidents during the holiday, with troopers reminding drivers to add additional time to their travel plans because of heavy traffic and potential road construction.
In 2018 during the Christmas period, 11 Missourians lost their lives and another 421 were injured in accidents across the state.
Troopers will also be looking specifically for drunk drivers. Last year 106 drivers were arrested during the Christmas period and the patrol says anyone who plans on drinking Christmas eve should arrange a ride home in advance.
Troopers are also out to help motorists who might experience some kind of situation such as running out of gas or a flat tire. The Patrol reminds drivers they call *55 on their cell phone to reach the nearest Patrol headquarters or 800-525-5555.