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Michigan State Police Holiday Enforcement Efforts Highlight Operation C.A.R.E. and Click It or Ticket

Contact: Sgt. Jill M. Bennett, MSP, Traffic Services Section (517) 636-0087
Agency: State Police

LANSING. With Memorial Day almost here, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is reminding motorists to make safety a priority during their holiday travel. Again this year, MSP troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).

“Be warned that as part of Operation C.A.R.E. and the statewide Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign, troopers will take a zero-tolerance approach to unbuckled motorists,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “In addition to looking for safety belt and child restraint violations, troopers will pay special attention to drivers who are under the influence or are driving in a reckless and unsafe manner.”

The official Memorial Day weekend begins at 6 p.m., on Friday, May 23, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 26, 2014. Last year, fourteen fatal traffic crashes resulted in fifteen deaths over the Memorial Day weekend. Of those who died, two were not wearing a safety belt. Alcohol was a factor in four of the crashes.

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 MSP and the Indiana State Police and is 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.