State Police Holiday Enforcement Focuses on Safety Belt Use and Drunk/Drugged Driving

Contact: Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel, MSP, State Services Bureau, 517-284-3724

June 29, 2017

During this Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is reminding motorists to make safety a priority when driving. Again this year, troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts) to reduce or eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries.

“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,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP.

The official Fourth of July weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4.  Last year, 13 fatal traffic crashes resulted in 13 deaths over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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. It focuses on deterring the three main causes of highway fatalities: aggressive driving, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

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 will be participating in this lifesaving traffic safety initiative. Beginning this year, Operation C.A.R.E. includes participation from police agencies affiliated with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as well.