Law enforcement agencies from across the state are again working to make this long Labor Day holiday weekend a safe one.

The federally funded patrols are part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign which began on August 15th and will run through Monday.

As part of the Michigan Strategic Safety Plan, signed into law by Governor Snyder last year, police from 150 departments will be looking to crack down on those drinking and driving, driving aggressively or speeding, or not wearing a seat belt.

Included in the effort are communities from Alpena to Wayne Counties and in between.

Locally, Ingham, Eaton, Livingston and Jackson are participating.

Last year, 10 people died in accidents during the same travel period.  Of them, three involved alcohol and one failed to use a safety restraint.

Officials say in 2013,  the numbers are even worse.  They say of all the victims killed in crashes failed to wear the safety restraint.  Drug and alcohol involved crashes have also been on the rise.

Organizers are hoping efforts like this one,  will significantly reduce those numbers moving forward.

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