Michigan State Police: Extra patrols on Southfield Freeway, I-96 Wednesday

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Update (9:20 p.m.): Michigan State Police released data from Wednesday's increased presence on the Southfield and I-96 freeways including 46 stops, 26 citations, 38 misdemeanor arrests and four felony arrests.

About 21 arrested drivers' vehicles were towed and five verbal warnings were issued.

A criminal sexual conduct third-degree fugitive warrant arrest, arrests for carrying concealed weapons, two guns seized, and one stolen car was recovered.

Michigan State Police had earlier announced it was bolstering their presence on two freeways Wednesday to crack down on reckless driving and speeding.

Both the Southfield Freeway and I-96 will have extra patrols today, state police said in a tweet.

"They will be looking for those drivers that are speeding, tailgating, and driving recklessly," said police.

According to the agency, both M-39 and I-96, which converge in a crisscrossing of overpasses in northwest Detroit, are one of the areas where police get the most complaints about road rage incidents. 

Michigan State Police have said they intend to more strictly enforce traffic violations on the road after a string of violence on busy highways shocked the region. That included freeway shootings like the one that killed a 2-year-old.

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Interim Detroit Police Chief James White has had his hands full after violence began rising in popular spots around the city, adding overtime options for some officers to better handle incoming crowds and raucous people. 

White was also at a press conference with MSP Lt. Mike Shaw to announce Operation Brison - a partnership between Detroit and the state trying to crack down on offenses on the road.