By Scott Bolthouse
Michigan State Police will beef up patrols during the Thanksgiving holiday, which is considered the second deadliest holiday in the state each year for traffic crashes, according to authorities.
“Our goal is to prevent traffic crashes and fatalities so every family can have a safe holiday – or as we like to say, so everyone can live to eat the leftovers,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP in a press release.
“Make sure your Thanksgiving to-do list includes wearing a seat belt, designating a sober driver and avoiding distractions like talking on your phone while driving.”
According to MSP officials, In 2014, there were six traffic fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday, which was a significant decrease from 12 deaths that occurred during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Last year recorded the lowest number of fatalities over the Thanksgiving holiday period in more than 40 years.
Starting Wednesday, troopers will conduct “high-visibility enforcement,” focusing on impaired driving, seat belt use, careless driving and speeding.
Extra patrols are paid for with federal traffic safety funds coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.