Crashes kill 10 over Christmas holiday weekend

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
The patrols are part of Operation CARE, which stands for Combined Accident Reduction Effort and takes place across the country.

Ten people were killed in nine separate vehicle crashes in Michigan between last Friday through Sunday, according to the Michigan State Police.

The fatalities are more than double than the four deaths that happened in four crashes in the same corresponding weekend last year, officials said.

Of the 10 people killed this year, four were pedestrians, three of the crashes involved alcohol, and four of the occupants either weren't wearing seat belts or it's unknown if they were using the restraints.

State police annually conduct a campaign, called Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts Lifesaver Weekend, or Operation C.A.R.E, during the Christmas holiday to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities on Michigan highways. The initiative ran from Dec. 21 to Dec. 23. 

Operation C.A.R.E began in 1977 as a collaborative effort between the Michigan State Police and Indiana State Police and is one of the nation’s longest-running traffic safety initiatives, according to their website. Operation C.A.R.E. was formed to deter the three key causes of highway fatalities: speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

With the New Year approaching, Michigan State Police are trying to increase awareness on the department's impaired driving campaign and say the majority of crashes that occur are fatal.

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