MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
a division of the
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Troop B Headquarters - 308 Pine Crest Drive - Macon, Missouri 63552
For further information please contact: Sergeant Brent J. Bernhardt
October 31, 2012
EMPHASIS: Results Of "Operation S.T.O.P." Enforcement Activities Conducted In Troop B During The Month Of October 2012
Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces the results of "Operation S.T.O.P." enforcement activities conducted during the month of October 2012. Operation S.T.O.P. (Stop, Think, Observe, and Proceed) is a traffic enforcement program aimed at reducing traffic crashes at intersections having a higher rate of traffic crashes. At many of these intersections, serious crashes have occurred as a result of motorists failing to stop at stop signs or failing to yield to other vehicles as they enter the intersecting roadway.
On October 1, 2012, Operation S.T.O.P. was conducted on U.S. Highway 63, at the intersection of Route K and Route Z, in Randolph County. On October 3, 2012, another operation was conducted on U.S. Highway 63, at the intersection of Missouri Highway 156, in Macon County.
As a result of the operations, troopers assisted by a Patrol aircraft issued a total of 31 traffic citations and 19 traffic warnings. The following is a breakdown of summonses issued:
23-- Citations for stop sign violations
6 -- Citations for seat belt violations
1 -- Citation for a license violation
1 -- Citation for an insurance violation
"Fatalities are on the increase so far this year in Missouri," stated Captain Wilt. "The Operation S.T.O.P. enforcement program is another innovative way of stepping up enforcement efforts to help reduce traffic crashes. Please follow all traffic laws, stop at all stop signs, and make sure it is safe to proceed through the intersection before doing so."
The Patrol encourages 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. Click It 4 Life!