Law enforcement anticipate increase in traffic for Fourth of July weekend

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – With the three-day holiday weekend, many are expected to travel outside of the state.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), the Fourth of July weekend is a dangerous time as many driving related deaths happen.

Missouri traffic deaths have dropped 7% compared to this time last year. However, that could change as the Fourth of July holiday comes right in the middle of the “hundred deadliest days of summer.” This is where officers see the highest number of traffic fatalities.

The MSHP aims to keep people safe while on the road.

“The Fourth of July holiday weekend and three-day weekend on top of that, we are expecting traffic to be extremely heavy this weekend,” explained Sgt. Clark Parrot with MSHP. “And it’s something that falls right in the middle of what we call the hundred deadliest days of the summer. That is traditionally from Memorial Day to Labor Day where we see a huge uptake in our fatalities.”

As traffic is expected to increase, the MSHP will take extra safety precautions.

“So, you know our temperatures have finally gotten nice and warm. So, we anticipate a lot of traffic. And as of noon tomorrow, on Friday we will have all available officers out working road, assisting, doing traffic enforcement that sort of thing,” Sgt. Parrot continued. “Our number one thing is safety and protect the people so they can enjoy the weekend and the Fourth of July holiday. But we want them to do it in a safe and improved manner. If alcohol is part of your plan, we strongly encourage you to use a designated driver or call somebody. You know, its not worth it this weekend.”

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