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      Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to stay safe this holiday

      With the Thanksgiving holiday nearly upon us, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding everyone that they will be out in full force patrolling Missouri highways this holiday weekend.

      This time last year, 6 people were killed and 400 were injured on Missouri highways.

      With this being the heaviest traveling time of the year, troopers will be looking for impaired drivers and helping those in need to help make sure everyone gets to their destinations safely.

      "Obviously the things that we look for is careless driving, actions by a driver, speeding. obviously drinking and driving, if alcohol is a part of your plans just like any day of the year choose a sober designated driver. Last but certainly not least, we want people to buckle up no matter how far the journey you plan to travel. Buckling up is the best thing you can do for your family," said Sgt. Brent Bernhardt of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

      Bernhardt also said the highway patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., which is the combined accident reduction effort and the 20 Mile Trooper Program meaning that troopers will be stationed at 20 mile intervals on Highways 36 and 63.