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State police stepping up Thanksgiving patrols

Published 4:10pm Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Michigan State Police are cautioning residents to not “get cooked this Thanksgiving” as extra drunk driving patrols will be on the road.

Nearly 100 agencies in 20 counties, including Berrien, will be conducting extra patrols Wednesday through Sunday to ensure motorists are driving safe and sober this holiday.

The night before Thanksgiving is unofficially known as the “biggest bar night of the year.”

Last year 166 people were arrested for alcohol-related offenses between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Fifty-one of those motorists had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .17 or higher. On an average Wednesday night in November, about 74 people are arrested for alcohol-related offenses.

During last year’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend, seven people were killed on Michigan roadways. According to the Michigan State Police, Criminal Justice Information Center, none of those deaths were alcohol-related and two of the victims were not wearing a seat belt.

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