LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Roadways and waterways will be especially busy this weekend, as vacationers retreat to their favorite spots for Memorial Day Weekend. Summer has begun.
Captain Corey J. Schoeneberg, commanding officer of Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F, has announced Troop F will be participating in enforcement operations throughout the weekend. "The goal of the operations is to promote safety and reduce traffic crashes," the Patrol said in a press release.
Marine troopers will be targeting all boating violations and will be especially vigilant regarding careless watercraft operations throughout the entire holiday weekend, the Patrol said.
The MSHP reminds boaters of the following:
-Never operate a boat while you are impaired
-Never ride with an impaired operator.
-Be courteous to others on the water
-Wear a life jacket
-Obey the law regarding safe operation of a vessel and no wake zones.
Troopers will also be available to help boaters in need of assistance.
Throughout the holiday weekend, troopers within Troop F and throughout the state will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort). The Patrol says troopers will be watching for all traffic violations and will be especially vigilant regarding distracted driving, impaired driving, aggressive driving, excessive speed, and seat belt violations. Troopers also will be available to help motorists in need of assistance. This year's counting period for the holiday weekend begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 22, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2020.
In addition to Operation C.A.R.E., Troop F will participate in special enforcement operations during the peak travel periods on Friday, May 22, and Monday, May 25 on Interstate 70, U.S. Highway 63, U.S. Highway 54, U.S. Highway 50, and Missouri Highway 5.