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Troopers expect busy highways during holiday despite pandemic

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Fourth of July celebrations will be a bit subdued this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but law enforcement say they will still be out on area highways patrolling to make sure everyone is safe.

Forbes predicts this could be the weakest Independence Day travel period since the end of World War II.

While many big celebrations are canceled, there's expected to be smaller events, and troopers say that will still lead to a lot of drivers on the roads.

"One fatality is too many, so we really hope to have a significant reduction in those numbers this weekend," Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Eric Brown said. "And all the law enforcement that patrol and police departments will be out there trying to reduce these crashes and make sure people are driving safely."

Law enforcement says the big things they're looking for are seatbelt violations, speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving.

Transportation departments in all three states are suspending road construction and maintenance operations due to the holiday.

However, some of those projects will be up and running if you are driving back Monday morning.

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Richard Denson

Richard Denson is the Morning Content Producer for WGEM News.

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