State Police Prepare for Thanksgiving Weekend Patrols

As millions of people brave these road conditions, Michigan State Police will have extra patrols on the road.

With thousands of drivers hitting the roads throughout Northern Michigan for the Thanksgiving weekend State Police have added extra patrols to make sure you get to where you’re going safely.

Michigan State Police sergeant Scott Bates is no stranger to Thanksgiving weekend patrols. With the snow flying on US-127 and I-75 he says this weather makes an already busy time more dangerous.

“There’s more people on the roadway obviously today, more than any day of the year. Generally today the 23rd and Sunday the 27th will be two of the busiest travel days in the state for this year, so having the inclement weather makes our jobs a little more difficult just because of the population out there traveling on these days,” said Bates.

State Police will be out looking for distracted or drunk drivers, making sure people wear their seat belts, and most importantly slowing down.

“They know what the weather conditions are, prepare for slow driving and give themselves enough time to get where they are going,” said Bates.

Drivers should expect their thanksgiving drive to take longer than expected.

“The highway are alright, the passenger or the passing lanes are pretty bad, passing some trucks and that it was pretty slippery,” said Darren Haut who was driving today.  

State Police say the biggest thing you can do to stay safe is slow down. 

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