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Police want drivers, passengers to buckle up
PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Millions of drivers across the country, and right here in West Michigan, are hitting the road for Labor Day weekend.
Of course, that means law enforcement will be out in full force.
AAA predicts that travel this weekend will be up more than four percent over last Labor Day weekend. Experts say that's because of an improving economy and a drop in gas prices.
Newschannel 3 spoke to Michigan State Police about what they're looking for this weekend. Their post in Calhoun County is spending extra grant money to get more troopers along I-94. Troopers say they're looking for aggressive and drunk drivers, along with people not wearing seat belts.
Last Labor Day weekend in Michigan, eight people were killed as a result of accidents out on the roads. Troopers say they're optimistic the safety enforcement will have an impact.
That's the goal, every holiday, every day, that's what we shoot for. We're optimistic and want to make that happen. That's what we get paid to do. And that's what the citizens of Michigan have entrusted us to do, is to catch you. So if you're drinking, we're looking for you, Michigan State Police Sgt. Kevin Beasley says.
Of the eight deaths last year, four people were not wearing seat belts. Troopers will be on the roads making sure drivers and passengers buckle up.