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Drunk drivers face consequences in Michigan

Washtenaw County, Michigan, motorists along with motorists from 21 other counties across Michigan were recently part of a sweeping law enforcement initiative over the holiday season to crack down on people who may have been driving while intoxicated. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning was behind the effort to cut down on drunk driving and its potential consequences.

In an effort involving over 100 law enforcement agencies, Michigan authorities coordinated the sweep that netted 103 drivers allegedly operating their vehicles while under the influence during the course of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. A total of 30 drivers were found to have a blood alcohol content level of 0.17 or more and were charged under the state's High BAC Law.

According to the director of Michigan's OHSP, officials stopped more than 3,100 vehicles. Authorities stated that initial reports specified 12 people died in traffic accidents during this year's holidays and alcohol was involved in six of these casualties.

Enforcement agents, according to the OHSP director, are well trained in detecting and arresting alleged drunken drivers. Generally, if a law enforcement agent suspects that a driver is drunk, then the officer may conduct a field sobriety test. Those who fail this test may be taken into custody by police and charged with a crime.

The legal limit of BAC in Michigan is 0.08. Anyone who is found violating this limit may face drunk driving charges. Such charges may result in a jail sentence, a fine, community service and license suspension. Repeat violations may incur much harsher punishment.

Those who are facing drunk driving charges should be aware of these serious consequences and employ a strong and effective defense. They should also be aware of the implications of their actions while being subjected to a field sobriety test or a Breathalyzer test, police arrest and placement into custody.

Source: News Herald, "Michigan law enforcement arrest 100 drunken drivers over holidays," Chris Laine, Jan. 19, 2013

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