Missouri Highway Patrol watching drivers closely Memorial Day weekend

AAA expects second highest number of Memorial Day weekend travelers in 2017

A holiday weekend only heightens risks as more drivers hit the road.

"People are excited to take trips during the summer and sometimes they might forget to be safe drivers", says Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Jones appreciates the law enforcement presence and she plans to play it smart while on the roads. "It also increases the force of the crash that you're involved in", Trooper Summerville said. He said his years with the patrol caused him to believe many crashes could have been avoided if drivers followed this rule. "It also decreases your ability to safely operate that vehicle".

Never drive or operate a boat when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Oliver encourages motorists to call *HP to report aggressive or impaired driving behaviors, such as excessive speed, weaving in and out of lanes, driving well below the speed limit or ignoring traffic signals. The expanded traffic enforcement initiative is made possible by grants provided by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Alabama Department of Transportation. And although seat belts have been around longer than the other technologies, they remain the most effective safety innovation in automotive history.

Highway Patrol will focus on the "Click It Or Ticket" campaign, created to enforce seat belt/child-restraint laws, from now through June 5 while Marine Patrol wrap up "National Safe Boating Week" on Friday.

How does seat belt use factor in? On waterways, all occupants should use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets. Storms can come up quickly, especially in warm weather, so keep an eye to the sky.

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