LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s Labor Day weekend and for many people that means barbecues, family, and a good time.
But if you’re celebrating the holiday with booze, you should also have a way to get home that does not involve getting behind the wheel.
Law enforcement officials with the Michigan State Police will be keeping an extra eye out for those who pose a risk out on the roadways.
Michigan State Police Sergeant Rene Gonzalez says troopers are out in full force this Labor Day weekend as they work to crack down on dangerous drivers.
“With the extra traffic, you’re going to have someone that’s drunk driving, texting while they’re driving, distracted. It increases crashes and deaths on the freeway,” said Gonzalez.
With more people than usual on the highways, the State Police is launching “Operation C.A.R.E.” which is taking place until Monday at midnight.
“We have extra patrols dedicated to freeways, trunk lines, and the county roads,” said Gonzalez.
Troopers will be on the lookout for a few different driving behaviors.
“Finding drivers that are distracted, drunk driving, no seatbelts, texting while driving, seatbelts are huge for people not wearing their seatbelts, results in a crash, someone’s going to get hurt,” said Gonzalez.
Last year, ten crashes resulted in fifteen deaths during the Labor Day holiday weekend, so Sergeant Gonzalez says it’s important to stay safe and find a designated driver if you need one.
“The deaths will increase during the holiday weekend only because there’s extra traffic out there,” said Gonzalez.
This holiday weekend both state and local police will be running “Operation C.A.R.E.” along with the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
The goal is to reduce the number of traffic crashes in our state over the holiday weekend.
Last year, 10 fatal traffic crashes resulted in 15 deaths during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The enforcement crackdown started this morning at 12:01 a.m. and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 3.
Operation C.A.R.E. began in 1977 as a cooperative effort between the Michigan State Police and the Indiana State Police.
Now state police and highway patrols in all 50 states, Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands are participating.