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      Results Of STOP Enforcement Operations in September

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol announces the results of "Operation S.T.O.P." enforcement activities conducted during the month of September 2013. Operation S.T.O.P. (Stop, Think, Observe, and Proceed) is a traffic enforcement program aimed at reducing traffic crashes at intersections having a higher rate of traffic crashes. At many of these intersections, serious crashes have occurred as a result of motorists failing to stop at stop signs or failing to yield to other vehicles as they enter the intersecting roadway.

      On September 6, 2013, Operation S.T.O.P. was conducted in Randolph County on U.S. Highway 63 at Missouri Routes K and Z. On September 13, 2013, another Operation S.T.O.P. was conducted in Macon County on U.S. Highway 63 at Missouri Route M.

      As a result of the operations, troopers assisted by a Patrol aircraft issued a total of 16 traffic citations and 10 traffic warnings. The following is a breakdown of citations issued:

      8 -- Citations for stop sign violations 3 -- Citations for seat belt violations 3 -- Citations for insurance violations 2 -- Citations for failure to drive on the right half of the roadway

      "We are experiencing a decrease in fatalities in Missouri this year when compared to last year," stated Captain Wilt. "The S.T.O.P. enforcement program is another innovative way of stepping up enforcement efforts to help reduce traffic crashes. Please follow all traffic laws, stop at all stop signs, and make sure it is safe to proceed through the intersection before doing so." The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life and Wear It.