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The Cape Girardeau Police Department recently moved from their previous location on Sprigg Street to their new headquarters located at 2530 Maria Louise Lane. Open houses have now been scheduled for the public to view the police department’s new home.

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Daylight saving time began Sunday, and in addition to setting your clocks forward, did you also check your smoke alarms? The Missouri Department of Public Safety, Fire Division says the time changes in fall and spring serve as great reminders to replace batteries, make sure detectors still work, and install more detectors around the house.

State Fire Marshal Jim Bean says although 9-volt batteries usually last longer than the 6-month period between clock resets, a simple check could save your life.

In an effort to improve traffic flow on Independence Street, automated traffic count devices will soon be installed between Gordonville Road and Sunset Boulevard. Field personnel will be collecting data over the next several weeks to improve congested areas and overall safety of the street.

Public meetings will be scheduled following the traffic study to share potential ideas and recommendations for Independence Street, and projects carried out as a result of the study and public meetings will be funded by Transportation Trust Fund 5.

Next week, the Safe Communities Initiative of Cape Girardeau will be hosting their first Walk-in Wednesday for child safety seat checks. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available at the Police Department from noon-4 p.m. on February 21 to make sure car seats are correctly installed at no charge.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly.

 

Missouri State Emergency Management Agency

For the state of Missouri, February is Earthquake Awareness Month. Missouri is a high-risk, active earthquake zone, and it’s the job of the state Emergency Management Agency to remind everyone of just that. Here in the southeast, that risk is even higher due to the New Madrid Seismic Zone; we experience over 200 quakes each year. We spoke to earthquake program manager, Jeff Briggs, who gave us some tips on what to do if a bad quake hits home.

Lindsey: So, Mr. Briggs, has anything changed this year in terms of earthquake preparedness?

 

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