Twenty-three law enforcement agencies provided additional enforcement activity on Interstate 44 from 6 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, through 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, from Joplin to St. Louis. They were looking for speeding, aggressive and impaired drivers and encouraging motorists to pay attention and buckle up.


Twenty-three law enforcement agencies provided additional enforcement activity on Interstate 44 from 6 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, through 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, from Joplin to St. Louis. They were looking for speeding, aggressive and impaired drivers and encouraging motorists to pay attention and buckle up.

As a result of these efforts, officers worked 458 hours with 708 traffic stops resulting in the following violations:
DWI --  9
Speed – 273
Seat Belt – 52
Uninsured Motorists – 49
Drug Arrests -- 7
Fugitives Apprehended -- 9
Suspended/Revoked License -- 19

Area participating agencies included:  Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Waynesville Police Department, St. Robert Police Department, Phelps County Sheriff's Office, Rolla Police Department, and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

The I-44 Statewide Corridor Enforcement detail is the last part of a summer-long “The HEAT Is On” campaign aimed at reducing the number of fatal and serious injury car crashes in Missouri. Other statewide efforts were seen along Interstate 70 at the end of June.  After Interstate 70, I-44 is the second most deadly roadway in Missouri in terms of traffic fatalities.

During the past five years, Missouri has recorded the highest number of fatal and serious injury crashes between July and September. In the summer of 2010, 258 people were killed and 1,716 suffered disabling injuries.