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As motorists across the state hit the roads to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family, Michigan State Police troopers will be monitoring the roads with extra patrols.

MSP announced Tuesday that Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) will run Wednesday through Sunday. Highly visible troopers will focus on impaired driving, seat belt use, speeding and careless driving. The extra patrols are paid for with federal traffic safety funds, police said.

“Our goal is to prevent traffic crashes and fatalities so every family can have a safe holiday — or as we like to say, so everyone can live to eat the leftovers,” Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, said in a statement Tuesday.

“Make sure your Thanksgiving to-do list includes wearing a seat belt, designating a sober driver and avoiding distractions like talking on your phone while driving.”

In Michigan, Thanksgiving is the second-deadliest holiday for traffic crashes. In 2014, there were six traffic fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday, down from 12 in 2013. Last year was the lowest number of fatalities over the Thanksgiving holiday in more than 40 years, according to police.

MSP has also partnered with the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, which will give coasters with the tag line “Safety is Your Best Defense” to its member restaurants and bars.

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