LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Last year over Memorial Day weekend there were 6 fatal car crashes in Michigan, which resulted in 8 deaths and that is why Michigan State Police are buckling down on the roads.
“We’re participating in two different programs right now, the first is known as the C.A.R.E program,” First Lieutenant of MSP Lansing Post Joseph Thomas said.
Operation C.A.R.E, or in other words “Combined Accident Reduction Effort” began in 1977.
“It’s a voluntary effort to get people to voluntarily comply with the speed limits and buckling up,” Thomas mentioned.
“The ultimate goal is to make sure people are safe,” First Lieutenant at Michigan State Police Jim Flegel said.
Besides the C.A.R.E program, Michigan State Police take part in a national and statewide campaign called “Click it or Ticket.”
“We’re gonna be out there looking for impaired driving, careless and reckless driving, distracted driving and making sure that people are properly wearing their safety belts,” Flegel stated.
“Click it or Ticket is not about writing traffic citations, it’s about getting people to voluntarily comply with Michigan law where you have to buckle up each and every time that you get behind the wheel,” Thomas said.
Thomas mentioned that when drivers wear seatbelts, they have a 45% greater chance of reducing injuries if involved in a crash which is common during a holiday weekend.
“The fact is that you have a greater volume of traffic that’s out there which typically means more traffic crashes,” Thomas stated.
And to crack down on those behind the wheel, police are enforcing a zero-tolerance approach to make sure drivers stay safe.
“We want everyone to travel in Michigan safely and make sure there’s no drinking and driving, watch the texting laws and make sure you take time to pull over and make that phone call if you have to,” Thomas said.
The Michigan State Police also want to remind drivers that if you are traveling during Memorial Day weekend, to do so safely by buckling up and watching your speed.