Michigan State Police and other local law enforcement agencies held a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown” between August 21st and Labor Day weekend. The drunk driving campaign is federally funded and is aimed at reducing impaired driving between the last weeks of summer.
“More people died in alcohol-involved crashes in August than in any other month in 2011, and four people died in crashes involving alcohol during last year’s Labor Day weekend,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “Michigan law enforcement officers are experts at catching drunk drivers. They know all the tricks and have heard all the excuses. If you drive drunk you will be arrested, so make the smart decision and find a safe and sober ride home.”
The campaign was administered in the following grant funded counties: Allegan, Bay, Berrien, Calhoun, Chippewa, Delta, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne and Wexford.
The results for the crackdown are now in. Here is a breakdown:
- The police arrested 351 drunk drivers.
- 17 drunk drivers of the 351 mentioned above had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of.17% or higher.
- A motorcyclist arrested in Clinton County had 11 prior drunk driving arrests.
- 13 traffic fatalities were recorded; 3 of the fatalities involved alcohol and 5 vehicle passengers were not buckled up.
- 2,630 seat belt and child restraint citations were issued.
Preliminary reports also indicate that police officers made 152 drug arrests and 41 felony arrests. A driver was stopped in Branch County for a seat belt violation. A police officer found open intoxicants in a vehicle and the driver had a pending warrant for arrest. A driver in Wayne County was stopped for not wearing a seatbelt and was arrested for a DUI. The driver’s BAC was .21%. As the results illustrate, the campaign resulted in thousands of citations being issued.
“To enhance safety and reduce traffic fatalities, Michigan law enforcement officers have zero tolerance for motorists who fail to wear a seat belt, and they are experts at finding drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol,” said Michael L. Prince, Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director. “Motorists were warned to drive sober or get pulled over, and more than 300 drivers failed to heed that advice.”
If you were charged with drunk driving during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown,” contact my law office for a consultation. I may be able to have the charge asserted against you reduced or completely dismissed. Do not delay in retaining an attorney. Doing so can damage your case.