Special 4th of July enforcement operation begins Friday

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feature MSHP state trooper carThe Missouri State Highway Patrol plans to take part in special enforcement operations starting Friday for the Fourth of July weekend.

Troop H officers will participate in a special enforcement operation on Friday, July 1, 2016, and Monday, July 4, 2016. During this operation, which will be conducted on Interstate 35 throughout the Troop H area, troopers will be assigned 20-mile sections of Interstate 35 to provide additional manpower during the peak travel days of the holiday period.

Captain James E. McDonald, commanding officer of Troop H, St. Joseph, said Troop H officers will also be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. during the 2016 July Fourth 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 patrolling Missouri highways an aggressively enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorist with any emergency situations.

“Many motorists will be traveling over the holiday weekend, and we want everyone traveling on Missouri roadways to be safe,” Capt. McDonald said. “Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained and never drink and drive.”