More troopers will line I-40 for peak Thanksgiving travel days

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Col. Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, urges motorists to pay attention as they travel over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Whether you're on the road visiting family and friends or out shopping, please make sure your vehicle is in good condition before beginning your trip. Thanksgiving is traditionally the most traveled holiday. Troopers will be on the look out for drivers not wearing seatbelts, speeders, impaired drivers and people who text and drive.

"We can get disabled motorists of the side of the road, which is a lot safer for the public", Mann said. That's a 3.3 percent increase over previous year.

Troopers will kick off the enforcement period Wednesday and will stay out until midnight on Sunday.

With low gas prices, more people are expected to be out on the road this holiday.

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On November 22, 2017, the day before Thanksgiving, the Nevada Highway Patrol's Southern Command social media accounts will be sharing content on the importance of not drinking and driving, and planning ahead for a sober ride home.

Almost 20 lives were lost on New Jersey's roads during Thanksgiving weekend over the last two years alone.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop H will have extra troopers on the roadway through the whole weekend, but there will be officers on Interstate 35 every 20 miles on Wednesday as well as Sunday.

And to help accomplish that goal, you will begin seeing more of a presence of law enforcement on the roads during that travel period.

"It's always more than one life at risk out here when you're traveling", said Richardson. Excessive speed, driving drunk or under the influence of drugs and not wearing seat belts pose a danger to your life. Jake Angle with Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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