Police encourage safe driving over Labor Day weekend

With many people on the road this Labor Day weekend, Michigan State Police will be on the lookout for drivers engaging in unsafe behavior.

MECOSTA COUNTY — Whether heading up over the Mackinaw Bridge, to a family barbecue or to the beach, there will be plenty of traveling going on throughout Michigan for the unofficial end of summer.

Many will take to the roads this Labor Day holiday weekend and police will be on the lookout for drivers making unsafe decisions.

Michigan State Police Troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts). In conjunction with Operation C.A.R.E., troopers across the state, along with approximately 150 other law enforcement agencies in Michigan, will be participating in the national safety campaign ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.’

“As part of Operation C.A.R.E. and the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, we are taking a zero tolerance approach to those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Troopers will also focus on distracted driving behaviors and motorists not wearing their seat belts,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “We want you to have an enjoyable holiday weekend that includes getting to your destination safely. Please make responsible decisions while driving.”

The official Labor Day weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4. Last year, 10 fatal traffic crashes resulted in 10 deaths during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

In order to make traveling easier for motorists, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will remove traffic restrictions on 77 of 109 active projects throughout the state.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, MDOT will suspend construction wherever possible on state roads and bridges.

While construction may be suspended for the weekend, motorists are advised that equipment and temporary traffic configurations, like minor shifts, may remain in place, requiring motorists to adjust their speed and pay attention.

“Labor Day weekend represents the last chance for many to take a summer trip,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “While MDOT has lifted as many lane restrictions as possible, there are still some work zones that we have to keep in place, including equipment. Be alert, avoid distractions, use extra caution while driving in work zones and please respect your fellow motorists. Let’s work together to make this Labor Day weekend as safe as possible.”

For the most up-to-date information on MDOT projects, go to the Mi Drive traffic website and app at michigan.gov/drive. If necessary, detour routes will be posted at the project location.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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