Michigan State Police holiday enforcement focuses on seatbelt use, drunk driving

Posted at 6:52 AM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 12:42:00-04

Michigan State Police is reminding motorists to make safety a priority when driving this Fourth of July.

Troopers will join in the international traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts) to reduce or eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries.

"Be the type of driver you want everyone else to be: courteous, sober and 100 percent committed to the task at hand," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, in a release. "Celebrate responsibly this Fourth of July by arranging for a sober driver, wearing your seatbelt every trip and refraining from distractions while behind the wheel."

The official holiday period begins at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Last year, MSP says, 14 fatal traffic crashes resulted in 14 deaths over the holiday weekend.