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The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown ran July 1 to 7 and police announced the arrest totals on Wednesday. Police reported that they also arrested an additional 45 motorists for drug-related offenses and nabbed 110 fugitives.
“Drunk driving is a serious offense with serious consequences. The stepped-up patrols will be on the lookout for drunk drivers to ensure those drivers are off the road,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “Make sure the only flashing lights you see this Fourth of July are fireworks. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you start drinking.”
During the 2012 July Fourth holiday period, four people were killed in four traffic crashes. Although none of the crashes involved alcohol, alcohol-related traffic deaths and serious injuries increase during the summer months, with July and August being the highest. During a five-year period (2008-2012), alcohol involvement resulted in 743 deaths and incapacitating injuries during the month of July and 753 deaths and serious injuries during the month of August. A second statewide drunk driving crackdown is slated Aug. 16-Sept. 2.
In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer feels they are impaired. Under the state’s high BAC law, motorists face enhanced penalties if a first-time arrest is for a .17 BAC or higher.
The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says the crackdown involved law enforcement officers from dozens of agencies and was paid for by federal funds.
Michigan State Police played their role in the effort.
Also involved in the crackdown were agencies in the folowing counties: Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Chippewa, Delta, Eaton, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Ogemaw, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne.
There were 156 different agencies in 26 counties who gave a combined 4,800 hours of additional enforcement planned for the July 1-7, 2013 enforcement.
Last year during the same period, the additional officers made 3,700 traffic stops and arrested 126 drunk drivers.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol can have devastating consequences. It is important for drivers to remain calm, and it is beneficial if a person is knowledgeable of the DUI laws in Michigan.
This is not the time to experiment with self-representation or plead to the charges “just to get it over with.” You need the expertise of a lawyer that specializes in OWI and DUI cases.
Michigan is a state with very strict drunk driving laws. According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning the average cost of a DUI / OWI conviction in Michigan is $15,680.00.
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