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State police to take zero-tolerance approach with weekend operation

• Jun 30, 2016 at 12:00 AM

LANSING — Again this year, state police troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative called Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

“As part of Operation C.A.R.E. and the summer-long statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk-driving crackdown, troopers will take a zero-tolerance approach to motorists who are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, are unbelted or exhibiting other dangerous driving behaviors,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police.

The official Fourth of July weekend begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 4. Last year, 11 fatal traffic crashes resulted in 12 deaths over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Operation C.A.R.E. was formed to deter three causes of highway fatalities: aggressive driving, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

Operation C.A.R.E. began in 1977 as a collaborative effort between the state police forces in Michigan and Indiana, and is now one of the nation’s longest-running traffic safety initiatives. Today, it includes state police and highway patrol agencies from all 50 states, 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.

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