An increased presence of Missouri State Highway Patrol deputies as well as an increased enforcement effort from marine officers for the Labor Day weekend has been announced by Troop F commanding officer Captain Michael A. Turner.
Troop F officers will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) and a special enforcement operation over the 2017 Labor Day weekend, the agency announced in a press release Wednesday afternoon.
During Operation C.A.R.E., every available officer will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting period for a counting period that will last from 6 p.m. on Friday, September 1, to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 4, 2017.
Labor Day weekend also signifies the unofficial end of the peak boating season and most summer activities.
"Troop F troopers will be targeting all boating violations and will be especially vigilant to careless watercraft operations throughout the entire holiday weekend," the release stated.
In addition to Operation C.A.R.E., Troop F will participate in a special enforcement operation during the peak travel periods on September 1, 2017 and September 4, 2017 at which time troopers will be assigned to 20-mile sections of I-70 and US-54 in an attempt to maximize visibility.
"Enforcement efforts on secondary roads within Troop F will be conducted during the same timeframe. Over the entire holiday weekend, troopers will be targeting all traffic violations and will be especially alert to excessive speed, careless and imprudent driving, and aggressive driving violations," according to the release.
Troopers both on the water and on the roads will be available for motorists and boaters in need of assistance.
"Never operate a boat while you are impaired and never ride with an impaired operator. Please be courteous to others on the water, wear a life jacket, and obey the law regarding safe operation of a vessel and no wake zones," the release concluded.