Zero tolerance for drug or alcohol impaired driving
During this Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is reminding motorists to make safety a priority during their holiday travel. Again this year, troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).
“Be warned that as part of Operation C.A.R.E. and the statewide drunk driving enforcement crackdown, 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. “Troopers will also pay special attention to motorists who are not using proper restraints or driving in a reckless and unsafe manner.”
The official Fourth of July weekend begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 6. Last year, 17 traffic crashes resulted in 19 deaths over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Operation C.A.R.E. was formed to deter three causes of highway fatalities including aggressive driving, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.
Operation C.A.R.E. began in 1977 as a collaborative effort between the MSP and the Indiana State Police and is one of the nation’s longest-running traffic safety initiatives. Today, it includes state police and highway patrol agencies from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Quebec Police Force and the U.S. Virgin Islands.