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      Roadways to be busy Memorial Day weekend

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol urges all drivers to be careful during the busy Memorial Day travel weekend.

      With Memorial Day less than a week away, Missouri and Iowa roadways will be busier than normal and you can expect for the highway patrol to be out in full force.

      Last year, nine people died during Memorial Day weekend on Missouri roadways and the goal of law enforcement is for everyone to get to their destination safe.

      "Missouri State Highway Patrol is going to be kept very busy participating in several enforcement activities over the long Memorial Day weekend," said Sergeant Brent Bernhardt with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "We'll be participating in Operation Care which is a combined accident reduction effort, meaning that all available troopers will be working sometime over the holiday period.

      Bernhardt says they are aggressively enforcing Missouri's traffic laws with stepped up patrols, but also to help motorists who encounter some roadside emergency.

      Friday and Monday are peak travel days so they will be patrolling in 20 mile increments on the major traffic corridors including Highway 36, 63 and 61.