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HEAT is on for Mo. roadways this summer

Coalition officials say the 3-month campaign will run June 21-September 22. Coalition officials say the 3-month campaign will run June 21-September 22.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) -

Summer brings an increase in travel, which also brings an increase in traffic crashes and deaths.

For the past 3 summers, officers in Mo. have turned up the (HEAT) High Enforcement Action Teams on roads to make travel safer, according to the Mo. Coalition for Roadway Safety.

Coalition officials say the 3-month campaign will run June 21-September 22 and kick off with an I-70 corridor project on June 24-25.

They say last years 24-hour I-70 enforcement project resulted in a total of 1.080 traffic citations including: 144 seat belt tickets; 530 speeding tickets; and, 38 driving while intoxicated. These arrests included 2 felony and 11 drug arrests.

"Ignoring speed limits and seat belts along with drinking and driving puts the lives of all highway drivers in danger," said Leanna Depue, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "We hope the HEAT campaign will encourage Missouri drivers to take the necessary precautions when driving this summer."

Officers will be on the lookout for speeders, drivers who aren't wearing seatbelts and drunk drivers.

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