LANSING, MI – During upcoming Super Bowl Sunday festivities, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is reminding motorists to make safe driving choices.
This Sunday, 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).
“We want everyone to enjoy the game with friends and family, and that includes getting to where you need to be safely,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Our troopers are taking a zero tolerance approach to those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as those who are driving distracted and motorists not wearing their seat belts. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver.”
The enforcement period runs from 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, until 11:59 p.m.
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. It focuses on deterring the three main causes of highway fatalities: aggressive driving, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.
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 will be participating in this lifesaving traffic safety initiative. Operation C.A.R.E. also includes participation from police agencies affiliated with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).