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Extra drunk driving enforcement leads to 283 arrests

According to the Michigan State Police, in 2011, more people died in alcohol-involved crashes in August than in any other month. In an effort to reduce this number, state law enforcement officers teamed with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, stepping up drunk driving patrols starting Aug. 16 of this year.

By the end of the summer, officers claim to have conducted 10, 855 traffic stops resulting in 283 arrests for drunk driving. Fifty-two of the arrested drivers allegedly showed a blood alcohol content of .17 or higher. As many Michigan motorists are aware, the legal limit in state is .08 BAC.

Now, after nearly a month of traffic stops statewide, many people in the community have to deal with the fallout. According to Michigan state law, many of the arrests included hefty fines. Some included time in jail while other drivers may have to go to trial, where if convicted, the person may have their license suspended or even revoked. For more serious infractions, accused drunk drivers even had their cars impounded or now qualify for ignition locks.

For people accused of drunk driving, the prospect of losing their license or vehicle will make it very difficult to run errands or even to go to work. Situations like this may lead to people losing their jobs if not only damaging their reputations and standings within their community.

Many criminal defense lawyers would insist that any person accused of a DUI, DWI or OWI should speak with an experienced lawyer even before a ticket or fine is paid. It's important to understand all your rights when it comes to being pulled over at traffic stops and to make sure that you are not being mistakenly charged in any way.

Source: Observer & Eccentric, "End-of-summer crackdown nets 283 drunken drivers," Oct. 4, 2012

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