Motorists should be extra cautious this weekend

It may be a great weekend to travel, get out in the outdoors and have fun. But it’s not going to be a good weekend to ignore traffic laws.

With Memorial Day fast approaching, the Michigan State Police is warning motorists to make safety a top priority during their holiday journeys. Troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in an annual safety blitz, Operation C.A.R.E. – Combined Accident Reduction Effort – as well as stepped up seat belt enforcement.

Operation C.A.R.E. started in 1977 as a collaboration between the MSP and the Indiana State Police and is now one of the nation’s longest-running traffic safety initiatives.

“Be warned that as part of Operation C.A.R.E. and the statewide Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign, troopers will take a zero-tolerance approach to unbuckled motorists,” said MSP?director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue.

Troopers will be on the lookout for safety belt and child restraint violations as well as drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving recklessly or unsafely, Etue said.

The stepped-up safety emphasis comes during a dangerous period. Last year there were nine fatal traffic crashes resulting in 10 deaths over the Memorial Day weekend. Three of those who died were not wearing a seat belt.

We’d hate to see any more numbers added to that tragic total this year.