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ALPENA, Michigan — Keep an eye on your speedometer; Michigan law enforcement is on the lookout for speeders.

In collaboration with the Office of Highway Safety, police across the state are increasing their patrols in high–speed areas. State Police Information Officer Derrick Carroll told WBKB the move comes in response to the rise in speed–related traffic deaths in Michigan since the beginning of 2020.

Carroll said driving at safe speeds is even more important as we head into winter.

“A lot of times, we’ll go into a crash in the winter where people say ‘oh, it wasn’t my fault. The roads were icy or there was too much snow.’ Well, you’re driving too fast for the conditions. That’s a violation of the basic speed law. If you’re unable to maintain control of your vehicle, you’re going too fast for the conditions.”

More than a thousand people died on Michigan roads in 2020.

Increased patrols start December 1 and will last until February 1.