Operation C.A.R.E. Kicks Off This Holiday Weekend

Posted at 11:13 AM, Aug 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-30 11:13:45-04

MSP Cruiser lightsLANSING ,Mich. — During this Labor Day holiday weekend, 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).

“As part of Operation C.A.R.E. and the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk driving enforcement campaign, troopers will take a zero-tolerance approach to drivers who are operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “In addition to looking for impaired drivers, troopers will also pay special attention to safety belt and child restraint violations and to those who are driving in a reckless and unsafe manner.”

The official Labor Day weekend begins at 6 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 30, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 2, 2013. Last year, eight traffic crashes resulted in eight deaths over the Labor Day weekend. Of those who died, four were not wearing safety belts.