Stay safe and take CARE during St. Patrick’s Day

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The Michigan State Police are reminding motorists to make safe driving choices this St. Patrick’s Day.

“Don’t rely on luck. If you plan on celebrating, plan ahead by designating a sober driver or scheduling a ride on St. Patrick’s Day,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. “We want the roads safe for everyone using them. Troopers will be out looking for impaired drivers.”

Police and related agencies are taking part in the the international traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E. which stands for Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts.

Officers from all 50 states including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Quebec Police Force and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be participating in this lifesaving traffic safety initiative as well as police agencies affiliated with the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Operation C.A.R.E. began in 1977 as a collaborative effort between the MSP and the Indiana State Police. As one of the nation’s longest-running traffic safety initiatives, it focuses on deterring the three main causes of highway fatalities which are aggressive driving, impaired driving and failure to use seatbelts.

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