As this is written we are in the middle of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Unfortunately, this period is one of the most deadly of any holiday on highways.

Last year in Missouri over the Thanksgiving holiday there were 14 people killed and 48 were seriously injured in road accidents.

Five of those deaths and 14 of the seriously injured involved a substance-impaired driver, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

If you suspect a drunk driver or have a roadside emergency, people are asked to call 1-800-525-5555.

Perhaps one of the reasons the Thanksgiving holiday is so deadly on roads is because it is a short period and people are rushing to and from holiday locations. Haste results in waste and when it is a human life it is tragic.

All motorists are urged to use common sense and if impaired, don’t drive. Too often it is innocent people who are killed by another car that crashes into their vehicle, which had an impaired operator.

As far as human life is concerned, it is shocking that the shooting killings in St. Louis this year will top the 2016 and 2015 deaths by gunfire. There were three homicides in St. Louis Thanksgiving Day and that brought the 2017 total to 188. Last year by Thanksgiving there were 171 deaths by shootings in St. Louis.

For too many people, the Thanksgiving holiday brings grief because of tragic crashes on roads.