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Michigan drunk driving arrests increased in 2012, but executive director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police says overall trend is positive.

According to the Drunk Driving Audit, released Tuesday, the number of drunk and drug-related driving arrests in Michigan increased in 2012, in addition to the number of fatalities and injuries.

Officers throughout the state made 37,182 alcohol-and-drug-related driving arrests in 2012.

The number of deaths resulting from drug and alcohol-induced crashed increased 7.2 percent, from 319 in 2011 to 341 in 2012. Injuries saw an increase as well, jumping from 6,086 to 6,177.

Men, compared to female drivers were close to three times as likely to be arrested for impaired driving: 27,606 men were arrested last year compared to 9,576 women.

Despite the 2012 increases in impaired driving deaths and injuries, Col. Kristie Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police, believes the overall trend in Michigan is a positive one.

The number of traffic deaths involving alcohol or drugs has decreased by 9.8 percent over the past five years. Alcohol crash deaths have fallen 11.4 percent; drug-involved deaths 3.6 percent.

“I think you might see that the trend has hit a flat spot,” Robert Stevenson, executive director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, said.

“The drop in road patrols has leveled off. They just couldn’t get any lower. As the economic climate improves, I think it’ll correspond with additional officers and you will see an increase in drunken-driving arrests.”

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.

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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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