Michigan State Police crack down on dangerous drivers this weekend

Posted at 5:42 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 17:42:47-05

Michigan State Police are out in full force this weekend for the annual Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts) Lifesaver Weekend.

The goal of the initiative is to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities.

Lt. Michael Shaw says they'll be focused on impaired drivers, distracted drivers and making sure drivers are wearing their seat belts.

"We know that most traffic crashes are caused by speed or following too closely. We know seatbelts save lives," he says.

He says they'll also remind drivers to move over when they see troopers working on the freeway.

This morning, a trooper was rear-ended while sitting in his patrol car working on a traffic crash on I-696 in Canton.

Thankfully, he wasn't hurt, but police say it's a reminder of how drivers need to move over and give them space to work.

Operation C.A.R.E. Lifesaver Weekend started at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Last year, seven fatal traffic crashes resulted in seven deaths over the Lifesaver Weekend.