Michigan State Police Crack Down On Drivers This Weekend

Traveling for the holidays means more drivers on the roads.

Michigan State Police are cracking down on dangerous drivers through their annual Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts, or C.A.R.E. program.

“There’s a lot more people out on the roadways traveling to go see their families, traveling to events around Christmas time,” said Michigan State Trooper, Caleb Killingbeck.

December tends to be a dangerous month out on the roads.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year in December, Michigan was ranked tenth in the nation when it came to alcohol related crashes. Twenty four people lost their lives.

This is a big reason Michigan State Police participate in a national effort to reduce deadly crashes through Operation C.A.R.E.

You’ll notice extra patrols Friday night through Sunday and they have an important message for drivers.

“Just take your time. Wherever you’re going have a plan. Try not to be in a hurry, obey all the traffic laws, watch your speed,” said Killingbeck.

Troopers say they’ll also be on the lookout for any drivers who are drunk or on drugs.

“If you do plan to drink, that you have a plan with a designated driver,” said Killingbeck.

“Make sure you’re some place you have a designated driver or if you’re in the bigger cities it’s nice to have things like Uber,” said Karen O’Brien.

O’Brien is traveling down state and says she’s extra careful on the roads, especially this time of the year.

“I try to leave space between me and the car in front of me. Keep my speed in check, of course wear my seatbelt,” said O’Brien.

Overall, state police say they have one goal with this.

“We want everybody to have a safe weekend, to have fun and be safe and to protect everyone else who is traveling on the road ways,” said Killingbeck.