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Operation C.A.R.E. In Full Swing This Weekend

Michigan State Police say you can count on them being on the roads this weekend in full force, especially on the highways.

It's part of a program started in the 1970's and as our Nick Perreault explains,

the Michigan State Police are teaming up with other highway patrols to make sure you stay safe during the holidays.

It may be another holiday season, but Trooper Matt Warzywak says he keeps seeing the same mistakes year after year.

"A lot of times during the holidays we see people in a big hurry trying to get to various events and those types of things," Trooper Matt Warzywak said.

Which is why since 1977 through a program known as "Operation C.A.R.E" (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) officers have made a point to have more of a presence on the road.

"We focus are attention and traffic violations, we make ourselves more visible to the citizens," Trooper Warzywak said.

Officer are more visible so they can be on the lookout for distracted drivers.

"Whether it be the radio, the DVD player in the back, try to cut down on those distractions so you can focus on the road."

And with freezing rain and snow expected Trooper Warzywak says it's even more important for drivers to stay focused on the road.

"Is is wet, is it dry, does it look slippery."

The trooper says you should assess the conditions before going out, then adjust your driving distance accordingly, but most importantly remember to wear your seatbelt.

Last year 5 people were killed the weekend before Christmas, all under the influence and only one was wearing their seat belt.

"Think about the lives that you could effect if for some reason they got in an accident and been drinking or consuming alcohol, think about those around you," Trooper Warzywak said.

So remember these tips this holiday weekend to make sure everyone gets to their destination safely.

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