Patrol urges MO travelers to drive and boat responsibly Labor Day weekend

Patrol urges MO travelers to drive and boat responsibly Labor Day weekend
Karsten on Friday announced she will retire from the Highway Patrol Sept. 1.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Highway Patrol is asking Missourians to drive and boat responsibly on Labor Day weekend.

In Missouri, 11 people died and 265 were injured in 941 traffic crashes over the 2017 holiday.

The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

"I urge everyone to plan a safe 2018 Labor Day holiday," said Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "Use a seat belt in a vehicle or a life jacket when you're on or near the water. No matter what you are operating--a vehicle or a vessel--be a courteous driver and obey all applicable laws."

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In 2016, there were 10 boating crashes which included zero fatalities and 10 injuries. There were no drownings over last year's Labor Day holiday. Twelve were arrested for boating intoxicated.

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