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Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana police join forces for 'Eyes on 94' patrol

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Part of the statewide Drive Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative, Eyes on 94 aims to reduce commercial vehicle crashes on I-94. (WWMT){ }

With the help of officers from the Indiana State Police, Illinois State Police and Ohio State Highway Patrol, Michigan State Police kicked off its "Eyes on 94" operation Monday morning.

Part of the statewide Drive Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative, Eyes on 94 aims to reduce commercial vehicle crashes on I-94, according to a release from the Michigan State Police.

“We hope to increase awareness by being visible on the I-94 freeway," Lt. Steve Pascoe with MSP said on a phone interview with Newschannel 3.

"That stretch of road is very prone to weather-related crashes involving interstate commercial vehicle drivers this time of year," Pascoe said. "Bottom line people are too distracted behind the wheel and you need to slow down."

The operation began Monday and was set to run through Friday. During the duration, officers focused on violations by commercial vehicles that most likely to lead to a crash.

Pascoe said those violations include:

  • Improper passing
  • Speeding
  • Improper lane use
  • Distracted driving
  • Drivers following the car in front of them too closely

The Drive Toward Zero Deaths statewide safety campaign seeks to reduce the number of traffic deaths nationwide.

According to Pascoe, I-94 can be especially problematic for drivers during the winter months.

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