Expect to see Michigan State Police troopers watching you this Memorial Day weekend

Michigan State Police
Posted at 11:33 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 13:11:37-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan State Police troopers will be watching you closely this Memorial Day weekend.

Troopers will take part in three traffic safety initiatives over the Memorial Day holiday weekend "in an effort to reduce or eliminate serious injury and fatal traffic crashes."

Initiatives include: Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts), Click it or Ticket and the 6 State Trooper Project.

The enforcement period begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019.

“The MSP wants drivers to make safe driving decisions this holiday weekend,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. “It takes just seconds to fasten your seat belt, opt for a designated driver or even open an app to use a rideshare service.”

Last year, 15 fatal traffic crashes resulted in 19 deaths over the Memorial Day weekend, the most fatalities over the Memorial Day holiday weekend since 2014.

The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership among the state police and patrol agencies of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.