Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announced the 2017 Fourth of July weekend traffic crash and enforcement totals for the Troop B area, which consists of 16 counties in Northeast Missouri.

Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announced the 2017 Fourth of July weekend traffic crash and enforcement totals for the Troop B area, which consists of 16 counties  in Northeast Missouri.

During the holiday weekend, troopers participated in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort.)  Troop B troopers conducted additional holiday travel crash reduction operations on U.S. Highways 24, 36, and 63 on Friday, June 30, and Tuesday, July 4. DWI saturations were also conducted in Randolph, Monroe, and Ralls counties.

During the 2017 Fourth of July weekend traffic crash counting period, which began at 6 p.m., Friday, June 30, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, Troop B officers investigated 22 traffic crashes resulting in 15 injuries, and no fatalities. Officers also investigated one boat crash resulting in one individual being injured. Preliminary enforcement totals show troopers made 16 driving while intoxicated arrests, two boating while intoxicated arrests, and six drug arrests.

“Even though this major holiday period has ended, we want to urge motorists to continue to drive safely and always wear their seat belts,” Wilt said.