Grand Haven Tribune: Police patrols increased for holiday weekend

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Police patrols increased for holiday weekend

• May 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Michigan State Police troopers will take part in three traffic safety initiatives over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in an effort to reduce or eliminate serious injury and fatal traffic crashes.

The three enforcement efforts include Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts), Click it or Ticket, and the 6-State Trooper Project.

“The MSP wants drivers to make safe driving decisions this holiday weekend,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the state police. “It takes just seconds to fasten your seat belt, opt for a designated driver or even open an app to use a rideshare service.”

The holiday weekend enforcement period begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Last year, 15 fatal traffic crashes resulted in 19 deaths over the Memorial Day weekend, the most fatalities for that holiday weekend in Michigan since 2014. 

Operation C.A.R.E. was formed in 1977 to deter three causes of highway fatalities: aggressive driving, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

Click It or Ticket is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign aimed at increasing the use of seat belts, which can reduce the risk of serious injury or death in a crash by 45 percent.

The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership among the state police and patrol agencies of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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