11.25.14: State police boost patrols around Thanksgiving
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police troopers are boosting patrols as part of an effort to keep roads safe for Thanksgiving travelers.
Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort, known as Operation CARE, runs Wednesday through Sunday.
Troopers across the state will conduct high-visibility enforcement focusing on impaired driving, seat belt use, careless driving and speeding. The extra patrols are paid for with federal traffic safety funds coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.
In addition, the Michigan Department of Transportation will display safe driving reminders on its freeway message boards and at rest areas.
In 2013, state police say there were 12 traffic fatalities around the Thanksgiving holiday.