Michigan State Police put Operation C.A.R.E. into drive for the holiday weekend

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The Michigan State Police is putting Operation C.A.R.E. in drive for the holiday weekend, with one goal in mind.

“I want people to get where they’re going safely and due to the volume of traffic, if you are going a little too fast, it just increases the odds of an accident,” Michigan State Police Trooper Daniel Heatherly said.

6 News Photographer, Connor Wilton and I hit the highway with Trooper Heatherly, as he kept a close eye out for speeding, impaired driving, and any other traffic violations.

“Our goal is to focus on the driving behavior; erratic driving, as far as people changing lanes, tailgating, things of that nature; the dangerous things,” Heatherly said. “There are people that will use the emergency turn arounds and we’ll make stops for that.”

According to the Michigan State Police, Thanksgiving is the second deadliest holiday in Michigan for traffic crashes. During the holiday in 2015, there were 11 fatalities, five of which, were pedestrians. During the Thanksgiving weekend two years ago, there were six traffic fatalities, the lowest number in more than 30 years.

That’s police say doing something like this is so important.

“When you do look at the whole picture and why we’re doing this. It is for safety,” Heatherly said. “Your end goal is to see your family this weekend, have a good time and you’re not going to be able to do that if you get in an accident and hurt yourself or hurt somebody else. Genuine care for people and their plans for the weekend I guess is my main concern.

The traffic safety effort launched Wednesday. Troopers across the state will focus their efforts on impaired driving, seat belt use, careless driving, and speeding.

State police will add extra patrols to keep an extra set of eyes on the roadways.

The safety initiative will be in place for the holiday weekend, starting Wednesday, November 23rd and go until 27th.

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