Patrol out in force for the 4th

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

POPLAR BLUFF -- Troop E officers will take part in the "20-Mile Trooper" project in an effort to promote safety and to reduce the number of traffic crashes in the Troop E during the Fourth of July holiday.

According to Capt. George E. Ridens, commanding officer of Troop E at Poplar Bluff, on Thursday and Sunday, Troop E will assign a trooper every 20 miles on Interstates 55 and 57, and on other selected secondary roads.

The objective of the project is to enforce aggressively all traffic violations which may contribute to unsafe traveling conditions, and to place a trooper in close proximity of motorists who may need assistance, Ridens said in a news release.

"The July 4th holiday is typically one of the heaviest traveled holidays in Missouri. I would like to urge all motorists to make sure safe driving is a part of your plans," Ridens said. "Make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt, and never drink and drive. Should you be celebrating the holiday on the water, I want to remind everyone to ensure they are wearing an approved life jacket while in a vessel and don't operate a vessel while drinking."

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