For Immediate Release
Police Conduct "Operation Safe Ride"
On Saturday, August 25th, members of the Springfield Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol conducted another “Operation Safe Ride” enforcement detail. “Operation Safe Ride” is an enforcement effort targeting traffic violators who pose a significant threat to motorcycle operators on our roadways. Officers concentrate their enforcement efforts on Hazardous Moving Violations such as speeding, red light violations, improper lane use, and careless/imprudent driving. Officers also enforce the helmet law for motorcycle operators. “Operation Safe Ride” is funded through a grant from MoDOT.
Enforcement efforts resulted in 60 vehicle stops with 40 citations and 32 warnings being issued. Violations included Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, Operating a Vehicle with a Suspended/Revoked License, No Operators License, Disobeying a Stop Sign, and Improper Lane Use. One individual was arrested on an outstanding Misdemeanor warrant. One individual was arrested for DWI (first offense) and two individuals were issued summonses for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
The Missouri Highway Patrol’s Air Unit is crucial to the success of this enforcement effort as it enables officers to track motorists without engaging in high speed pursuits that would endanger the officers and the public.
Media Contact: Cpl. Matt Brown
Release authorized by: Sgt. T.D. Royal