MSP Adding Extra St. Patrick’s Day Patrols Across Northern Michigan

Michigan State Police want to remind drivers to be on alert this weekend during St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

State troopers want all drivers to make safe driving choices. 

Overnight Saturday and all day this Sunday, troopers will join in a nationwide traffic safety initiative called “Operation CARE.”

They say don’t rely on luck, instead plan ahead and designate a sober driver or use a taxi, bus, or rideshare like Lyft or Uber.

Trooper Justin Rohrback of the Traverse City State Police Post says, “Three basic things we’re looking for: aggressive drivers. We want people to be smart, taking care of themselves and everyone else. Impaired drivers: we don’t want anybody behind the wheel that doesn’t have the motor skills to do so safely. And seat belts: we want to make sure everyone’s driving safely.”

The extra enforcement begins just after midnight Saturday night into Sunday.

While State Police primarily stick to the highways, city and county law enforcement throughout northern Michigan will also be on patrol.