Troopers begin extra I-29 patrols

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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 3:06 pm | Updated: 10:58 am, Sat Aug 3, 2013.

After a slew of accidents on Interstate 29, the Missouri State Highway Patrol implemented a new enforcement program in hopes of minimizing accidents, injuries and roadway closures.

Troop H announced the new enforcement initiative will place additional troopers on Interstate 29 in Buchanan and Andrew counties beginning Aug. 1. In the past several months, accidents rerouted and blocked interstate traffic and prompted the Highway Patrol to take an active response.

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5 comments:

  • southbuchanan posted at 9:19 pm on Fri, Aug 2, 2013.

    southbuchanan Posts: 53

    Two weeks ago, the NP reported that it wasn't a pattern..

    http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/article_f80ff763-3e8f-5dd0-8a9b-705161353275.html

    Now, we're being told different. It seems MoDot says there's not pattern, but the HP says they need an enforcement "initiative" to serve as a "reminder". I wish the HP stay out of the PR business, do their jobs and stop trying to put on a show.

     
  • tundra95 posted at 8:34 am on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    tundra95 Posts: 406

    My #1 request if you are going to enforce ALL the laws... the left lane is not your personal driving lane from Omaha to Kansas City...slower traffic stay to the right.

     
  • devilsadvocate posted at 11:03 am on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    devilsadvocate Posts: 23

    Obviously last weeks three closures made a difference on what was reported two weeks ago. MoDot generally doesn't get heat from the public about "a slew of accidents", the Highway Patrol does. You are right, they could just do their jobs and make more arrests in that area, but I will bet those who adjust their driving habits and don't get a ticket because they took advantage of the warning will appreciate it. I agree with the drive in the correct lane, that is sometimes maddening.

     
  • 10former posted at 10:57 pm on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    10former Posts: 3032

    I would think the overtime costs could be off set by setting up speed traps after a Chiefs training camp. You get run over and cut off by Iowa and Nebraska drivers running 85 and up. Then when you need to go around a slow semi up a hill you get tail gated clear to your wipers running 75 trying to get around and avoid the rude aggressive driving. Yes, I'm all thumbs up for this and Sundays after a Chiefs game would be wonderful too.

     
  • devilsadvocate posted at 11:10 am on Sun, Aug 4, 2013.

    devilsadvocate Posts: 23

    That would be a good idea if the fine money could be used to pay salary and expenses of these "speed traps". Missouri law dictates fine money go into the counties school funds. Also as many lives as cable barriers in the medians have saved, there is an offset because without access to opposite lanes of travel, it is much more difficult to enforce speed laws. I do agree there are many aggressive and rude drivers on our highways. Using common courtesy alone could save many lives and reduce the number of crashes that occur.

     

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