(WGEM) -- Many Tri-State travelers are heading to their holiday destination Wednesday morning with a very foggy start. According to AAA 43 million Americans will be traveling over the holiday, with 90 percent doing so by car.
Sarge ant Brent Bernhardt with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and he says last year in the state of Missouri over the Thanksgiving holiday there were more than 1,300 traffic crashes and four fatalities.
So as always at this time of year more law enforcement will be out on the roads.
Troop B in northeast Missouri will be taking part in the 20 mile trooper program Wednesday and Sunday. Trooper will be posted on Highway 61, 36 and 63 every twenty miles for enforcement and to help motorists during roadside emergencies.
"A lot of people think that the main reason that we have extra troopers on the roadway over the holiday periods is for strict enforcement, and obviously we are going to be out enforcing the laws, promoting traffic safety on our roadways because we want to see a reduction in the number of traffic crashes that we have. But, we always want to be out there in case somebody does have a roadside emergency, a flat tire or something type of difficulty we can get to them quickly, " says Bernhardt.
I-DOT and MoDOT are suspending road work projects starting Wednesday afternoon. However, drivers are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect wherever they're posted.
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