Michigan Drunk Driving Facts
Two hundred and fifty-nine drunk driving deaths (0.08 BAC or higher) occurred in 2012. These deaths accounted for 28 percent of total traffic fatalities in an increase of 1.2 percent from the previous year.
In 2012, 10,014 alcohol-related crashes (0.01 BAC or higher) took place, resulting in 5,471 injuries.
The same year, there were 35,748 DUI arrests and 16,469 convictions. There were 3,526 DUI refusals.
Michigan is one of only three states that has a sunset provision on its 0.08 BAC drunk driving law, meaning that the law expires without legislative action. The law was set to expire in 2013, but legislators extended it to 2018.
Unlike some states, Michigan does not have legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
In a May 2011 survey, 28.7 percent of people age 12 to 20 reported alcohol use in the past month. Nineteen percent of people age 12 to 20 reporting binge alcohol use in the past month. Binge alcohol use was defined as five or more drinks on the same occasion.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimates that the comprehensive economic cost of a drunk driving fatality is $5.1 million. According to the group’s analysis, drunk driving deaths cost the state $1.3 billion in 2012.