Clipped From The Ludington Daily News
Blame Reduced Police Patrol For Higher Toll Hv I'niU'd Press International the .Automobile Club of Michigan, reacting to Michigan's Michigan's 27 Memorial Day weekend traffic deaths, said Tuesday the toll might have been lower if a lack of overtime money hadn't reduced the number of state police patroling highways. Michigan was second in the nation behind California for killing motorists during the three-day weekend. General Manager James Moffat Moffat said he would urge Gov. William Milliken and State Police Director George Halverson Halverson to find overtime money for upcoming holiday weekends to avoid more deaths. "It's a known fact that police Baccalaureate Program Set AtAAC Eastern CUSTER—The baccalaureate patrol cars, well marked, tend to make people drive better, and potential violators don't violate," Moffat said. "And without violations, there would be very few fatalities." Moffat said the reduced patrols came to the organiza-* lion's attention during checks with state police posts by club personnel. He would not estimate how many lives would have been saved with the extra patrols, but he said he was sdre more police cars on the roads would have lowered the total. Moffat said he was bothered particularly about the loss of patrols around bars. He said studies show that if cars are in the area of roadside bars, people tend to drink less and often won't drive if they are drunk. Club statistics showed that more than half of the state's 27 holiday deaths involved drunk driving, including the first six Friday and early Saturday.