Nearly everyone in the state of Michigan knows that police have been cracking down of drunk driving offenses in the last few months. Some have said this is because the holiday season is upon us while others point out that pressure from the state legislature and activist groups such as MADD are a huge reason why the number of traffic stops has increased.
Most people know that driving while intoxicated in Michigan can lead to some serious legal ramifications. With the fear of a revoked license or time in jail, some people have pointed out that many people simply don't know that their actions before and during a traffic stop can greatly impact the charges that can be placed against you.
As I have mentioned before, it is often the behavior of a driver that leads police to suspect that he or she is intoxicated. This behavior can include speeding or weaving on the road and can lead an officer to make a traffic stop. When the driver is suspected to have been drinking, an arrest on DWI charges can result.
Last week I posted about the Michigan "super drunk" law that defines a higher level of drunkenness as a blood alcohol level of 0.17 percent. Under the drunk driving laws in our state, a blood alcohol level of 0.17 percent or greater can face harsher penalties than those whose BAC is under that threshold.
It is sometimes hard for people to tell when they have had enough to drink to be over the legal limit. However, when they do, they run the risk of facing DUI allegations if they drink and drive. Sometimes it can take as little as a drink or two with dinner to expose a person to the 0.08 limit. Sometimes, however, police wrongly believe a person is intoxicated.