State police increasing safety patrols before holiday

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say they’ll be increasing roadway patrols as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and travel increases.

State police warn that the Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the deadliest times on Michigan roadways. They say that last year there were 11 fatalities, including five pedestrians, during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Authorities say Michigan troopers will start enforcement efforts starting Wednesday. That will include looking for impaired driving, seat belt use, careless driving and speeding. Federal traffic safety money is used to pay for the extra patrols.

State police also plan a public awareness safety campaign. The agency is calling it Operation C.A.R.E. or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. It will run through Sunday.

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