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Police enforce safety laws during uneventful holiday weekend

November 27, 2000

Traffic enforcement officers in mid-Michigan can breathe a short sigh of relief before cracking down on Christmas and New Year’s travelers.

The weekend surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday has traditionally been one of the most-traveled weekends of the year, making it a top safety concern, according to Michigan State Police.

Four hundred agencies across the state took part in Operation Click It or Ticket, part of the Michigan mobilization effort of Buckle Up America and Operation ABC Mobilization: America Buckles Up Children, two nationwide safety campaigns.

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Department had at least two officers on the road each day to look for drivers violating Michigan traffic laws, such as speeding and failure to wear safety belts, and as many as six Friday, Ingham County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Roy Holliday said.

“They had the time to devote to enforcing just those violations and they wrote a lot of tickets,” he said. “It’s not hard to find people on the roads not wearing their safety belts when you’re on the road for just that.”

East Lansing police Lt. Kim Johnson said the Thanksgiving holiday weekend was a quiet one in East Lansing, which is not an unusual occurrence with most of the students leaving town.

“We had no specific assignments over the weekend, but the officers did pay attention to routine patrols and tickets for violations were issued,” he said. “There were no major accidents, traffic situations or crimes this weekend in East Lansing.”

Holliday did report one serious traffic accident in Ingham County - a three-car accident on Hawley and Barnes roads near Mason - during the long weekend.

A red 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier traveling northbound on Hawley Road failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a tan 1993 Buick LeSabre, pushing it into an oncoming 1995 Chevy Tahoe, according to Ingham County Sheriff’s Department traffic reports.


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