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Michigan holiday enforcement leads to 300 DUI arrests

Over the holidays, there were many advertisements for the statewide DUI enforcement program called "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." Michigan police increased their traffic patrols in an effort to track down and arrest those they suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The increase in traffic stops by police resulted in more than 300 arrests for driving under the influence across the state. In addition to making those arrests, police made 7,300 traffic stops and issued more than 3,800 citations and warnings.

Police also reported issuing charges to nearly 40 drivers for being "super drunk." The new "super drunk" law in Michigan covers individuals whose blood alcohol levels equal or exceed 0.17 percent. When a driver is found to be "super drunk," fines and penalties can increase.

While the program, which lasted from Dec. 16 through Jan. 2, was likely deemed a success by local law enforcement, there are still approximately 300 people across the state who are facing DUI charges. Facing a DUI charge can be both frustrating and frightening.

As many Michigan residents may have found out this holiday season, even one extra drink with dinner can lead to a DUI arrest. It is important to realize, however, that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Breathalyzers are not always calibrated properly, and police do not always administer field sobriety tests exactly as they should. Speaking with an experienced DUI defense attorney may be able to help you answer these questions and others as you challenge the charges.

Source: WLAJ.com, "Holiday DUI crackdown in Michigan leads to arrests," Jan. 20, 2012

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