Michigan Law Enforcement Cracked Down on Drunk Driving During Spring Break
According to Michigan authorities, 451 people were arrested for drunk driving in the state during a three-week period of intensive enforcement efforts in March and early April. The crackdown coincided with the March Madness college basketball tournament, St. Patrick’s Day and spring break for many colleges and universities.
The increased enforcement occurred from March 12 to April 7 in 26 counties. Officers made over 13,700 traffic stops, resulting in almost 8,000 citations and arrests. In addition to the 451 drunk driving arrests, there were 313 arrests for other drug and alcohol related charges such as open alcoholic beverages in a vehicle.
According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, the number of arrests was a decrease from a similar enforcement initiative in 2013, which resulted in 510 drunk driving arrests.
In addition to the increased enforcement efforts, Michigan State Police also use other methods to encourage people who are drinking not to operate a motor vehicle. In locations where cab service is readily available, bars and restaurants have received drink coasters featuring a QR code that people can scan with their smartphones, to be connected to soberridehome.org. At the website, operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, users may choose to share their location, and view a list of numbers for local taxi companies.