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Highway Patrol conducts Special Enforcement Operations

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will conduct several "Special Enforcement Operations" over the next few months. Mike Smith has this story on the first of this years SEO's.

In an 8 hour operation using 5 Troopers, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, on Monday March 14th, conducted the first in a series of Special Enforcement Operations. According to Troop D spokesperson Sgt. Dan Bracker, Mondays SEO was conducted in Greene County. Bracker says Troopers focused their effforts on drivers that failed to move over or slow down when approaching emergency vehicles on the shoulder of the road.

It's a senario which to some extent has to be created, and Sgt. Dan Bracker says it takes two Troopers to tango. Bracker tells KSMU that Troopers in seperate cars will travel together, and when one Trooper stops a vehicle for a moving violation like speeding, the other Trooper will observe approaching traffic. If a vehicle approaching the traffic stop fails to slow and/or move over to the side while passing, the second Trooper will initiate a traffic stop on the passing motorist.

Bracker says the SEO was "not designed to see how many tickets can be issued. It's purpose is to make motorists aware of the danger to Troopers and motorists when vehicles "pass within 3 feet of you going 60 or 70 miles per hour".

90 vehicles were stopped for failure to slow or move over during the SEO on March 14th. 89 warnings were issued. There were though 40 summonses issued, mainly for speeding and failure to wear a seat belt.

Sgt. Dan Bracker says the Patrol will conduct several more SEO's in the coming months. He says the operations will focus on some of the simple aspects of "sharing the road".

The next Special Enforcement Operation in Greene County will be held March 28th, and will focus on motorists coming to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs.

For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.