CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, more crashes happen during holiday weekends. That's why an increased number of troopers are on patrol this Labor Day weekend on the ground and in the air.
Sergeant Shawn Price is the pilot of the plane that checks drivers' speeds from the sky in southeast Missouri.
"During the holidays we will see an increased number of drivers traveling to and from family and friends and we are just out here trying to identify those vehicles that are driving too aggressively to get to their destinations," Price said.
Price says spotting these drivers is easy from 2,500 feet off the ground.
"We've found that we can go to specific locations that either have a high number of accidents or have a high number of aggressive drivers and we can target those aggressive drivers and identify them and stop them in an effort to make the roadways safer," Price said.
Price watches drivers from one marker to the next and uses a stopwatch to calculate their speed.
"We can identify them quicker, we can get them to the officers quicker, and we are able to see multiple violations over a period of time," Price said.
In 2013, seven people were killed over Labor Day weekend statewide. Prices says the goal is to keep that number low.
"We are trying to be more visible during the holiday period, not only to assist motorists but to look for aggressive drivers in an effort to reduce traffic crashes and promote safety out on the highway," Price said.
In two hours in the air, Price alerted troopers on the ground of 21 speeding vehicles. Several of those vehicles were traveling faster than 90 miles per hour.