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Troop D Headquarters - 3131 East Kearney Street - Springfield, MO 65803

News Release

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September 5, 2017

EMPHASIS: Troop D Releases Labor Day Holiday Statistics

Captain Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D, Springfield, announces the 2017 Labor Day weekend traffic crash and enforcement totals for the Troop D area, which consists of the 18 southwest counties of Missouri. During the holiday weekend, troopers participated in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort). In addition, troopers took part in a holiday traffic crash reduction enforcement operation on Interstate 44 on Friday, September 1, 2017, and Monday, September 4, 2017.

During the 2017 Labor Day weekend traffic crash counting period, which began at 6 p.m., Friday, September 1, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 4, Troop D officers investigated 62 traffic crashes resulting in 21 injuries and no fatalities. Preliminary enforcement totals show troopers made 23 arrests for driving while intoxicated and six arrests for boating while intoxicated. There were no boating crashes or drownings in the Troop D area during the holiday weekend.

"The mission of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is to serve and protect all people by enforcing laws and providing services to ensure a safe and secure environment. I am pleased to announce there were zero fatalities in Troop D over the holiday weekend and I feel our officers accomplished their mission." stated Captain Villanueva.

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. “Don’t Violate The Trust.”