Michigan State Police stepping up road patrols for holiday

Posted at 7:54 AM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 10:39:36-05

If you are about to hit the road, you might spot more cops on the way to your Thanksgiving destination.

Michigan State Police troopers are stepping up patrols.

Not only will a lot of people will be hitting the road, but the day before Thanksgiving is also one of the biggest nights of the year for bars and restaurants.

The stretch of bars on Michigan Avenue in Downtown Lansing as well as East Lansing spots will likely be packed tonight.

That's why State Police and local officers will be on alert.

Thanksgiving is the second deadliest holiday in Michigan for traffic crashes. Last year, there were 11 fatalities.

Michigan State Police are kicking off their annual Operation C.A.R.E. campaign today, the "Combined Accident Reduction Effort."

State Police are targeting speeding, distracted driving and more.

Every year, Lansing Police are on hand as bars close downtown to keep things calm.

If you are going out tonight, make sure you have a safe way to get home, whether that's a taxi, ride-share service, or a designated sober driver.