As we honor the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom this coming Memorial Day weekend, let us also ensure that we safely participate in leisurely holiday activities.
During this popular national weekend, Michigan State Police will have an increased presence amongst highly frequented destinations throughout Washtenaw County. For example, Michigan State Police will conduct their annual “Click It or Ticket” Memorial Day campaign which targets unbuckled motorists in addition to drunk drivers.
State police say they have reports from law enforcement agencies in 26 counties. They say a preliminary count shows that officers stopped 14,761 vehicles during the crackdown.
The state has reported a slight drop in the rate of seat belt law compliance, from a record-high 97.9 percent in 2009 to 94.5 percent in 2011.
The enforcement effort led to a number of other citations, including 95 drunken driving arrests and 53 drug arrests.
Here is a list of suggestions on how to stay safe and sober in order to avoid a DUI this Memorial Day weekend:
- Designate a sober driver if you plan to go out and consume alcohol. If the designated driver becomes intoxicated, consider taking a cab ride home instead.
- Request for your family and friends to make safe travel arrangements home.
- If you are hosting a holiday party, stop serving alcohol a couple of hours before your party is scheduled to end. This will help reduce the heightened likelihood of people drinking and driving.
- Recommend family and friends to walk home if possible.
- Serve small quantities of alcohol to guests.
- Use a personal breathalyzer to tests your blood alcohol content before getting behind the wheel in addition to your guests (if hosting a party at home).
- Don’t drink and drive!
- Keep in mind that Michigan’s drunk driving laws apply not only to vehicle motorists, but watercraft motorists as well. Do not operate boats under the influence of alcohol.
- If you see dangerous drivers, call 9-1-1.
If you are arrested and charged with a DUI remember that you have certain constitutional rights to protect your innocence. Contact me for a free consultation. I defend Washtenaw County residents accused of drunk driving.