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Washentaw County police to increase DUI patrol over holidays

I have posted numerous times about people in the Ann Arbor area who have been arrested for DUI, so it should come as no surprise that police in the area take drunk driving very seriously. Speaking further to this, the Washentaw County Sheriff's Office announced last week that its offices will be increasing DUI patrols this holiday season. Police said the crackdown began last Friday and will continue through Jan. 2.

The sheriff's department said the additional enforcement will be paid for with federal funding from the Office of Highway Safety Planning. According to the news release, officers from Pittsfield Township, Chelsea, Northfield Township, Milan, Saline, Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan will log more than 200 hours this holiday season in an effort to nab intoxicated drivers.

As many Michigan residents who have been charged with drunk driving know, it can come with serious repercussions. Someone who is convicted of DUI could be ordered to pay as much as $2,000 in fines in addition to court costs. Similarly, a DUI conviction often leads to an increase in car insurance rates.

The winter holidays are a time of celebration for many people. Many people spend their time with family, friends and loved ones. Often, alcohol is involved in these gatherings. For those who are considering their options for transportation, it is important to keep in mind the fact that police officers in the area will be on the lookout for any signs that a driver has been drinking.

Source:, "Police plan stepped-up drunken-driving patrols for holidays," Cindy Heflin, Dec. 14, 2011

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