Expect to see state troopers patrolling Memorial Day weekend

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Published: May. 23, 2019 at 12:19 PM EDT
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If you're going to be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, you'll more than likely see state police out patrolling.

Michigan State Police (MSP) will be taking part in three traffic safety initiatives this holiday weekend in an effort to reduce or eliminate serious injury and fatal traffic crashes.

The three enforcement efforts include Operation C.A.R.E, Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts, Click it or Ticket and the 6-State Trooper Project.

"The MSP wants drivers to make safe driving decisions this holiday weekend," Col. Joe Gasper, director of Michigan State Police, said. "It takes just seconds to fasten your seat belt, opt for a designated driver or even open an app to use a ride-share service."

Operation C.A.R.E. was formed in 1977 to discourage three causes of highway fatalities; aggressive driving, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

Click It or Ticket is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign aimed at increasing the use of seat belts, which can reduce the risk of serious injury or death in a crash by 45 percent.

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.

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