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Transportation & Infrastructure

Michigan State Police out in force on highways for safer Thanksgiving

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Mark Brush
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Michigan Radio
The Michigan State Police have data extraction devices that can strip information out of a cell phone, but they say they don't keep records on how often they're used.

There will be extra Michigan State Police troopers on the state's highways over the Thanksgiving holiday.

This is the first year of a three-year Thanksgiving holiday effort in Michigan to reduce traffic deaths and injuries by 10%.

"We will be looking at people who might be drinking and driving," says Sgt. Jill Gleason, "for people who might be doing aggressive driving, who are not wearing their safety belts."

Gleason says the night before Thanksgiving is actually the biggest bar night of the year in Michigan, beating out New Year's Eve.

Michigan received an $800,000 federal grant, which will pay for trooper overtime, along with public education. 

This year, the public education message is "Give thanks and drive safely."  Gleason says the messages change from campaign to campaign, "because we realize that not every message works for each person."

The messages will be posted in Secretary of State branches, and on paper placemats distributed to restaurants.