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MSP is launching a pair of road safety campaigns.

JUNE 30, 2019 - 4:11 PM 







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WWJ -- With the 4th of July just a few days away, there’s plenty of fun to be had, but of course, safety has to be the top priority.

That's the message from Michigan State Police First Lt. Mike Shaw, who spoke live on WWJ Sunday, offering tips to help enjoy the holiday responsibly. Shaw says MSP is launching multiple road safety campaigns to keep travelers safe as they hit the roads for the holiday.

Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts) is being conducted by State Police units across the country, looking to reduce traffic crashes nationally. The purpose of this initiative is to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities resulting from crashes caused by dangerous driving behaviors. Shaw also says the well-known "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" campaign kicks off on Monday.

"I think everyone’s aware of that one in particular, but we really want to stress the point that it’s not just alcohol," Shaw said live on air. "It’s also with Michigan and our recreational marijuana becoming legal, we’re seeing an uptick in people driving under the influence of marijuana as well, so that is something we’ll definitely be looking for during this week or this next two-week period."

"Usually with most of these campaigns, we try to center it around a holiday, just so people kind of become a little more aware, but usually it’s a little bit before and a little bit after, and this one’s the same," he said.

The operation will continue for a week after the holiday, as some people don't take vacations right on the holiday.

"While the Fourth is a key for us, it’s something we want to look at during the whole summer period," Shaw said.

As many metro Detroiters gear up to have some fun with fireworks during the holiday weekend, Shaw is reminding the public to be safe and just use common sense.

"I know fireworks are a ‘love it or hate it’ type of event for most people," he said. "Some people with pets and trying to sleep during the day time, they really hate them, and then other people really love to use them."

Shaw wanted to remind the public of the state's new laws on fireworks. Individuals 18 and older are permitted to use fireworks June 29 - July 5 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. each day. 

"There were some changes in the law over the year that kind of put it back onto local government and so there are certain times that you can shoot off fireworks that the local governments can’t touch and this is one of those periods," Shaw said. "But it’s always good to make contact with your local government, local police department, just to see what the rules are where you are living at for the rest of this time."

When it comes to safety, Shaw says common sense is the most important thing.

"Somebody’s going to light off fireworks, make sure you’re not under the influence. Just like driving," he said. "You can imagine, if you’re impaired and you’re trying to mess around with a lighter and fireworks, usually that doesn’t end well. If you have a dud, don’t try to relight it – just dump it into a bucket of water and let it go. Don’t worry about that."

Under the new law, it is only legal to ignite fireworks from private, personal property. 

"A lot of people will do it in their neighborhood, where they think they can walk out in the middle of the street and that’s actually illegal. And that fine is actually almost $1,000," Shaw said.

Shaw wants to remind the public to be safe, but still have fun.

"There’s so many professional shows out there that no matter what fireworks you have at home is going to pale in comparison," he said. "So we always recommend everybody take advantage of those large fireworks shows and leave it to the professionals and maybe you’ll have a safer summer."



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Just got back from 3 hours noth.

Lemme tell ya they were everywhere.

The guy that drove (my buddy) got a ticket too.

Do not do over 84 in a 75 unless you want a ticket.

Cop told us we would have been good, we were doing 87.

There are pole mounted speed sensors that alert the cop ahead when a speeder is aproaching.

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1 hour ago, shaggy said:

Cop told us we would have been good, we were doing 87.

There are pole mounted speed sensors that alert the cop ahead when a speeder is aproaching.


Lovely to know that instead of helping people they will use technology to tax us to the grave....

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