The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Holiday Counting Period continues through 11:59pm Monday, December 25th.
Travelers are reminded that holiday drivers will affect traffic patterns. Drivers are encouraged to make sure they are well rested and to check the weather. There is a high percentage of rain Saturday evening through Christmas evening, although the temperatures are expected to stay above freezing. Drivers can also download the MoDOT Traveler Information app to check road conditions before you travel.
If faced with a traffic emergency, motorists can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. This emergency number will ring into the nearest Highway Patrol headquarters. Motorists should use this number if they are in a traffic crash, witness a crash or crime, or pass a stranded motorist in need of assistance, etc.
Troopers encourage motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Please obey all traffic laws, and if alcohol is part of your holiday, designate a sober driver.
During last year’s Christmas holiday period, there were 1,017 traffic crashes statewide. In those crashes, four people were killed with 318 injured.