There's a few times every summer when traffic's bad in Sedalia.

The Friday before Memorial Day and Labor Day when everyone seems to be heading to the lake are a couple of times. And of course, fair traffic. Whether you're traveling to the lake this Memorial Day weekend or heading somewhere else expect to see a lot of state troopers along the way.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) over the Memorial Day weekend. According to a news release, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will have every available trooper on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists.

Captain Michael A. Turner, commanding officer of Troop F, Jefferson City says, “Whether you will be visiting family, going to one of Missouri’s lakes, or enjoying other travel destinations, the Missouri State Highway Patrol urges everyone to think about safety when making plans for the upcoming holiday weekend.”

Last year over the Memorial Day weekend 10 people died, 444 people were injured, there were 1,081 crashes and 118 arrests for people driving while intoxicated. his year's counting period for the holiday weekend begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 28, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2021. Troopers will focus their attention on seat belt use, use of child safety seats, impaired drivers, hazardous moving violations, and speed violations.

The Patrol says many crashes are caused by speed, inattention and impaired driving. Motorists should obey all traffic laws and drivers should make sure everyone in their vehicles are wearing seat belts. Children should be in children safety seats as well.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says, "this year's counting period for the holiday weekend begins at 6:00PM CDT, Friday, May 28, and ends at 11:59PM CDT, Monday, May 31, 2021. Troopers will focus their attention on seat belt use, use of child safety seats, impaired drivers, hazardous moving violations, and speed violations."

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