Michigan State Police remind you to “slow down” this Labor Day weekend


LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The number of holiday weekend traffic crashes continues to climb and so does the concern amongst Michigan State Police.

We’re in the heart of Labor Day weekend but, after a rollover accident in Eaton County overnight, police want to remind you to stay safe out on the roads.

Michigan State Police Lansing Post Trooper Curtis Sweedyk said, “we’re reminding motorists to slow down, get to their places in a timely manner but also safely. And, then also reminding them to use designated drivers and wear a seatbelt wherever you’re going.”

But, accidents like what happened last night with two people being taken to the hospital are more common during holiday weekends — according to police.

“Statistically, I think yes, accidents do go up. The roadways are a lot more congested on holiday weekends, so there is a lot more people out there trying to get from one place to another. So, that will typically cause more congestion and crashes as well,” said Trooper Sweedyk.

They’ll be keeping an eye on those issues through tomorrow.

Trooper Sweedyk said, “we put this CARE weekend together to reduce the amount of fatal crashes, injury accidents. We’re particularly looking out for impaired drivers. Occupants of vehicles not wearing the seatbelts and also aggressive driving as well.”

So, enjoy yourselves this holiday weekend but be careful to keep you and others out of harm’s way.

Last year, 15 people died in 12 different traffic crashes over the Labor Day weekend. “Operation Care” ends at Midnight on Monday September 5th.

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