POPLAR BLUFF - Two operations conducted by Missouri State Highway Patrol officers in Southeast Missouri resulted in numerous arrests.
The "Move Over" Operation, conducted in April, Troop E in the 13 county area of Southeast Missouri, involved 24 officers for a total of 192 man-hours, said Captain George E. Ridens, commanding officer of Troop E. Officers had a total of 146 arrests and stopped 246 vehicles.
Officers issued 23 summonses and 13 warnings for "Move Over" violations. Also during the operation officers made one driving while intoxicated arrest, issued 60 speeding summonses, 23 fail to yield summonses, 23 seat belt summonses, one child restraint summons, three following to close summonses, two CVE summonses, nine non-moving summonses and made three felony warrant arrests.
The Missouri Sate Highway Patrol continues to make an effort to increase public awareness while enforcing the "Move Over" law. "The public is reminded when you see a stationary emergency vehicle, the law requires you to move over when possible, or slow down as you pass the emergency vehicle," said Ridens.
On April 20 and 27 Troop E officers conducted a hazardous moving violation operation. Eight Troop E officers participated in the operation making two DWI arrests, issuing 20 speeding summonses, eight seat belt summons, two hazardous moving violations, three non-moving summonses, three no driver's license summonses, and 86 warnings. Officers also conducted eight field sobriety tests. A total of 66 noncommercial vehicles were stopped.