400 motorists in Michigan arrested in impaired driving crackdown

Published 7:57 am Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More than 400 motorists were arrested for drunken driving during a three-week impaired driving crackdown.

Of those arrested, 79 were charged under the state’s high blood alcohol content (BAC) law with having a BAC of 0.17 or higher.

Grant-funded counties included 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.

Law enforcement officers from more than 165 agencies conducted stepped up enforcement aimed at curtailing drunken driving during the “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit, Under Arrest” crackdown March 13 through April 2. This resulted in 8,083 traffic stops and nearly 4,000 citations or arrests, including 281 for other alcohol- and drug-related charges such as open intoxicants.

“Michigan law enforcement agencies take drunken driving very seriously,” said Michael L. Prince, Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director. “The increased enforcement also provided opportunities to identify other traffic safety violations and resolve unsolved cases.”

In addition to the 405 drunken driving arrests, 214 misdemeanor and felony arrests were made. Officers also issued 148 seat belt and child restraint, 722 speeding and 425 uninsured motorist citations. Five stolen vehicles were recovered, 326 drivers were found to be driving on suspended licenses and 161 fugitives were arrested during the enforcement effort. OHSP coordinated the effort funded with federal highway safety grants.