Because of Michigan's budget deficit, every state department has gotten used to doing more with less, including Michigan State Police. At each post, officers have to juggle resources. That has led to fewer patrols on highly traveled roads and highways like Interstate 94.
I-94 has a reputation. Trooper Mike Sites’ near-miss on the interstate is now his screensaver. It serves as a reminder each time he is out on patrol.
Wednesday afternoon, Sites watches and waits for aggressive driving.
“We look for everything. That is part of our enforcement,” said Sites. “We look for violations like following too closely with this kind of traffic”
This trooper is also looking for people with a need for speed. Soon, it was easy to see.
Traffic is up on I-94 because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Grants are helping Michigan State Police increase patrols this weekend. For most of 2010, Sites and many other troopers who cover Michigan’s roads and highways have gotten used to doing more with less, because of state-ordered budget cuts.