Missouri Highway Patrol making the Lake of the Ozarks safer
Updated On: Apr 15 2014 06:27:17 PM CDT
The Missouri Highway Patrol created new zones for roadways and waterways in an attempt to make the Lake of the Ozarks a safer summer destination.
Sgt. Paul Reinsch with the Patrol hopes with a stronger police presence, it will reduce the amount of fatalities and accidents.
Since 2008, Miller County has averaged 11 traffic fatalities and three waterway fatalities each year.
Camden County comes in third for most fatalities in a city throughout the state of Missouri.
Sgt. Paul Reinsch said, "Unfortunately, a lot of the problems are the people going to have a good time. Unfortunately, they are drinking and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle or the wheel of a boat."
The Lake of the Ozarks has two full time marine operations officers.
The re-zoning efforts will allow all officers to be trained for roadways and waterways.
So far, thirty officers have been trained for the dual roles.
The Highway Patrol plans to have an additional five officers at the lake this summer.
Copyright © 2014 KMIZ - The Networks of Mid-Missouri. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Two injured after falling from 18 feet in Stephens Lake Park
Deadly shooting shatters quiet at Washington school
Wanted Columbia man arrested in northwest Missouri after long police chase
11 years later, family remembers Angie Yarnell
Detectives monitor more than 300 sex offenders in Boone County
Three Columbia homes searched, four people arrested
One taken to hospital after crash on Providence Road
Hunter recovering after falling from tree
Friday, October 24 Afternoon Weather Video