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      Officers to participate in Operation C.A.R.E. over holiday weekend

      Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces Troop B officers will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. during the 2014 July 4th 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 assigned to patrol Missouri highways, not only aggressively enforcing traffic laws, but also to be available in the event motorists experience any type of emergency. In addition to Operation C.A.R.E., Troop B officers will participate in a 20-Mile Trooper enforcement operation on Thursday, July 3, 2014, and Sunday, July 6, 2014. During this added enforcement operation, which will be conducted on U.S. Highways 36, 61 and 63 throughout the Troop B area, troopers will be patrolling in 20-mile intervals to provide additional manpower during the peak travel days of the holiday period."We expect many motorists to be traveling throughout Missouri over this holiday period," stated Captain Wilt. "Our goal is very simple: We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely. Please obey all traffic laws, ensure that everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained, and never drink and drive."In support of "The Drive To ZERO Highway Deaths," the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life and Wear It.Take the pledge to "Just Drive" with a click here.