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Patrol Operations Planned for June in Southwest MO

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol plans several enforcement operations next month in the southwest part of the state.  Troop D officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints in Greene and Taney Counties sometime in June.  According to the Highway Patrol, those efforts will focus on highways that have been found to have a high number of alcohol-related crashes and enforcement contacts. 

The Patrol also will conduct a hazardous moving violation saturation in Barry and Greene Counties.   The objectives, it says, are to raise awareness of the risks associated with impaired driving and to increase compliance of the speed limit and seat belt laws. 

Troopers also plan to target impaired boat operators by conducting a saturation on the Niangua River.  That effort will focus on hazardous boating, minors in possession of alcohol and enforcing drug laws. 

Statistics show that impaired driving contributes to more than 27 percent of all Missouri fatal traffic crashes.  And approximately 63 percent of Missouri fatal crash victims who are required to be restrained are not at the time of the traffic crash, according to the Patrol.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.