By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Michigan State Police announced this week that they will be beefing up patrols during the last weekend before Christmas.
MSP will join other state police and highway patrol agencies from across the United States in an effort to make travel safer by participating in the annual operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts).
The wekeend has been dubbed by MSP as “lifesaver weekend.”
The purpose of the initiative, according to MSP, is to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities resulting from crashes caused by dangerous driving behaviors.
“The holidays are a busy time for us all. This weekend, and always, buckle up and put your phone down,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Troopers will be on the roads to help make sure you get to your destination safely. Distracted, impaired and drugged driving will not be tolerated.”
The operation begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23.
Last year, four fatal traffic crashes resulted in four deaths over the Lifesaver Weekend.
Operation C.A.R.E. is one of the nation’s longest running traffic safety initiatives and includes state and highway patrol agencies from all 50 states.