Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Highway Patrol Troop D holiday totals, 59 crashes, 12 DWI arrests

(From Highway Patrol Troop D)

Captain Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D, Springfield, announces the following traffic totals for the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday counting period for the Troop D area, which consists of the 18 southwest counties of Missouri.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend traffic crash counting period, which began on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, and ended on Sunday, November 27, 2016, troopers participated in operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). During the counting period, Troop D troopers investigated 59 traffic crashes resulting in 19 injuries and zero fatalities. Troopers also arrested 12 people for driving while intoxicated. During the same period in 2015, Troop D troopers investigated 81 traffic crashes resulting in 29 injuries and two fatalities, and made 17 arrests for driving while intoxicated.

In addition to operation C.A.R.E., Troop D also participated in a special operation on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 and Sunday, November 27, 2016, during which troopers worked 12-hour shifts to patrol 20-mile intervals of Interstate 44. This operation ensured troopers were readily available to assist motorists along the major thoroughfares traveling across the Troop D area on the two main travel days of this holiday weekend.

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every other driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. “Don’t Violate The Trust.”

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