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High Speed Enforcement Campaign To Be Conducted In Missouri Friday And Saturday

MO State Highway Patrol

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is taking part in a high speed enforcement campaign Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18, from noon to midnight along with four other states:  Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Officers will focus on enforcing traffic laws related to excessive speed, hazardous moving/aggressive driving and distracted driving, according to the Highway Patrol.

According to a news release, the campaign is being conducted due what the patrol calls “a drastic increase in egregious speed and hazardous moving violations during the COVID-19 pandemic.”  It says fatal crashes have increased 14 percent in Missouri compared to last year despite a period of significantly lower traffic volume.

The patrol has also seen a 58 percent increase in speeds at or above 26 mph over the speed limit from January through June 2020 when compared with the four-year average.

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.