KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri State Troopers will be out in force on the highways and on area lakes over the holiday weekend.
Troopers said they don't want to repeat the Fourth of July statistics from last year when hundreds were injured on Missouri roads. In 2014 nine died and 525 were injured. On Missouri lakes two died and 16 were injured.
With many more people traveling, boating and celebrating with fireworks, officers say safety is key.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be participating in operation C.A.R.E, which is combined accident reduction effort. Officers will be looking for people speeding, not wearing their seat belts and those who are drinking and driving. The Highway Patrol said they will be conducting DWI checkpoints around the area. The idea is to combat the dangerous behaviors.