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.
Whatever the reason may be, residents who drove through Troy between December 7 and 10 know this all too well after officers made 10 arrests in four days, citing a majority of drivers with OWIs as well.
According to the most recent drunken driving report, released by the Troy Police Department, a majority of the traffic stops over the weekend included drivers who allegedly exhibited tell-tale signs of drunk driving such as weaving and veering off the roadway. After being stopped, many of the drivers were described as having bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and "smelling of intoxicants."
Police only indicate that nine of the ten drivers were given sobriety tests because one of the drivers, a 56-year-old woman appeared to be under the influence of strong medication that could have made her appear drunk. A sample of her blood was taken and police are awaiting the results at present time.
After all nine drivers allegedly failed the sobriety test, Troy police took the drivers into custody and charged a majority of them with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). One of the drivers, a 65-year-old man, was also cited for driving with a suspended license and allegedly had two outstanding warrants for his arrest stemming from previous incidents in Troy.
It is important to remember that even if you are arrested on charges of drunk driving, you still have the chance to defend yourself in a court of law. Even when situations look to be against you, you still have the opportunity to defend your rights.
Source: The Patch.com, "Drunken Driving, Driving Under the Influence Incidents: Dec. 7-10," Jen Anesi, Dec. 12, 2012