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State police called to more than 100 crashes this holiday weekend

State police called to more than 100 crashes this holiday weekend

The rate of these crashes climbed more than 50 percent over the three-day Labor Day weekend a year ago.

Michigan State Police Troopers and other law enforcement statewide are ramping up efforts this Labor Day weekend to reduce traffic collisions and help keep motorists safe.

Nationally, one-third of all traffic fatalities involved drivers who were impaired - a blood alcohol concentration of.08 or higher - according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The agency announced Friday that local law enforcement officers in Virginia can become state troopers by attending a two-month accelerated entry program. State police remind everyone to buckle up, put down their phones when behind the wheel, and to pay attention to what other drivers are doing.

In addition to extra traffic, drivers can expect to see extra police patrols and checkpoints on the roads in an effort to improve safety. Unmarked vehicles will also be on patrol. "Troopers will also focus on distracted driving behaviors and motorists not wearing their seat belts", Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, stated in a media release. The statewide efforts focus on men aged 21 to 35, who accounted for almost one-third of those killed in alcohol-related crashes in the state a year ago.

In 2015, more than 300 people were killed in New York State in crashes involving drugs, alcohol, or both. A total of 44,501 drivers were arrested on drunk and drug-impaired driving charges that year.


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