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Drunk drivers target of crackdown

June 29, 2012
The Alpena News

The Alpena Michigan State Police is joining law enforcement agencies across the state for a "July Fourth Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." crackdown.

Motorists will see increased federally funded patrols July 1-8 in Alpena and surrounding counties. Local law enforcement will take to the streets working to prevent drunk driving injuries and deaths by arresting impaired drivers.

During the July 4, 2011, holiday eight people were killed in traffic crashes. Three of those deaths were alcohol-related.

"Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk," First Lt. Michael Hahn of the Michigan State Police Alpena Post said. "Law enforcement officers will be out on the road, and we will be watching. If we see you driving drunk we will stop and arrest you. No questions asked. No second chances."

In Michigan, a motorist can be arrested for drunk driving with a .08 blood alcohol content or higher. A drunk driving conviction is costly and comes with assorted penalties including fines, legal fees, driver responsibility fees, court costs and higher insurance rates.

Motorists arrested for drunk driving with a .17 blood alcohol content face increased penalties including the possible installation of an ignition interlock device preventing the car from starting if the driver has been drinking.

In 2011, 319 people died in Michigan as a result of alcohol and/or drug involved traffic crashes, a 10.6 percent decrease from 2010, according to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center.

For additional information contact Community Services Trooper Scott Wood MSP Alpena Post, 354-4101.


Michigan law enforcement agencies arrested 37,540 motorists for drunk and impaired driving in 2011. That's nearly 103 arrests per day.

Crashes involving drinking tend to be more serious than non-drinking crashes. The percentage of fatalities is eight times higher than in all crashes, and the number of crashes at the most serious injury level is almost four times higher.

In 2010, 10,228 people were killed nationally in traffic rashes that involved at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Impaired driving is one of the most often committed crimes. In 2010, more than 1.4 million people nationwide were arrested for driving under the influence.

Every 51 minutes someone in the United States dies in an impaired driving-related crash. NHTSA



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