End-of-summer crackdown nets 283 drunken drivers

Published 5:17 pm Sunday, September 23, 2012

The days of summer may be over, but some Michigan motorists are just beginning to deal with the fallout of drunken driving arrests made during the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over statewide crackdown.

Between Aug. 16 and Sept. 3, officers conducted 10,855 traffic stops resulting in 283 arrests for drunk driving.  This includes 52 drivers arrested for a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.17 or higher under Michigan’s High BAC Law.

“Despite an extensive advertising campaign, media coverage and increased police presence, nearly 300 people made the poor decision to drive drunk,” said Michael L. Prince, Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director. “Those individuals discovered Michigan law enforcement are experts at catching drunk drivers and are now dealing with the consequences.”

This year’s crackdown also included seat belt enforcement, during which officers issued 3,246 seat belt and child restraint citations.

In addition, officers made 65 drug-related arrests, 133 other alcohol-related arrests, issued 702 speeding citations and cited 590 uninsured motorists.

The crackdown was coordinated by OHSP and paid for with federal traffic safety dollars. Nearly 160 state, county and local law enforcement agencies in 26 counties participated in the extra patrols.

Preliminary results from the Michigan State Police, Criminal Justice Information Center show there were nine traffic fatalities over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Two of the deaths involved alcohol, and a seat belt was not used by three of the people who died. This is a decrease in fatalities from the 2011 Labor Day holiday weekend when 12 people died in traffic crashes; four of those fatalities involved alcohol.