State Police adding troopers on patrol during holiday weekend

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – You have your keys in hand, the family is in the back of the car, you’re ready for a fun-filled Labor Day weekend.

Before you head out on Michigan roads there are a few things Michigan State Police want you to be aware of.

“Last Labor Day we saw 15 traffic fatalities on our roadways and that’s just way too many,” explains MSP first lieutenant Jim Flegel.

Operation Care started in 1977 with the Michigan State Police and Indiana State Police.

It is one of the longest-running traffic safety initiatives in the country.

But how successful is it?

“It has been very successful,” says Lt. Flegel. “The reason it started was we wanted to target traffic safety to stop aggressive driving, speeding and making sure people were wearing their safety belts.”

Since then both distracted driving and impaired driving have been added to the list.

Lieutenant Flegel says holiday weekends see a major increase of traffic on the roads so there will be an increase of police on the roads too.

“The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is for all police agencies. It’s a national traffic safety initiative,” said Lt. Flegel.

MDOT currently has 131 construction projects going on around the Great Lakes state. They are suspending 92 of them this holiday weekend. Lieutenant Flegel says stopping road work is a good thing.

The construction should start up again Tuesday morning around 6:00 a.m. Until then just be aware of the drivers around you so we can all enjoy a safe Labor Day weekend out on Michigan roads.

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