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September 12, 2011 12:30 PM
Missouri HEAT is On
"HEAT Is On" Campaign will kick off with Interstate 44 enforcement September 17-18

Summer is a hot time for travel, which unfortunately brings an increase in traffic-related accidents and fatalities. For the past three summers, Missouri law enforcement has turned up the HEAT with High Enforcement Action Teams on Missouri roads to make travel safer.

The three-month "HEAT Is On" campaign continues with an Interstate 44 corridor project Sept. 17-18. Drivers will see more law enforcement officers on Interstate 44 from 6 a.m. Sept. 17 to 6 a.m. Sept. 18. Extra enforcement will span across Missouri.

Last year's 24-hour Interstate 44 enforcement project resulted in a total of 1,081 traffic citations including 45 seat belt tickets; 393 speeding tickets; and six driving while intoxicated arrests.  Three felony and 11 drug arrests were made as a result of the crackdown.

Law enforcement will be on the lookout for speeders, aggressive drivers, and impaired drivers and encouraging motorists to pay attention and buckle up.  For the past five years, Missouri has recorded the highest number of fatal and serious injury crashes between July and September. In the summer of 2010, 258 people were killed and 1,716 suffered disabling injuries.

While these numbers are disheartening, highway deaths overall are steadily decreasing.  More people arrived alive on Missouri roads in 2010, the fifth year in a row with a reduction in roadway fatalities. In 2010, 821 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes, helping Missouri meet its goal of 850 or fewer roadway fatalities by the end of 2012 - two years early! Not since 1949 has Missouri seen so few people killed in highway crashes.

"Drivers who ignore speed limits and seat belts, as well as those who drink and drive, put others' lives at risk," said Leanna Depue, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "We hope the HEAT Is On campaign will encourage Missouri drivers to take necessary precautions on the highways this summer."

Find out more at http://www.savemolives.com/.

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