Michigan Police crack down on drunk driving over Labor Day weekend
Law enforcement officials in 40 Michigan counties planned a drunk driving crackdown over Labor Day weekend. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort ran through September 1 and featured increased patrols aimed at detecting and detaining suspected drunk drivers.
According to Michigan State Police, 10 fatalities from 9 collisions occurred over the 2013 Labor Day weekend in Michigan. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over effort was, in part, a response to those tragedies. Overall, drunk driving led to 354 roadway deaths last year.
People who are charged with causing death as a result of drunk driving face felony charges. Penalties include up to 15 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines, along with other miscellaneous penalties.
Law enforcement officials recommended that people prevent drunk driving by having a plan to get home safe, such as a designated driver, cab service or limousine.
In addition to cracking down on drunk driving, the effort also targeted seat belt and child restraint use. Law enforcement officials were also concerned about speeding and distracted driving during the busy holiday period.
If you have been charged with a drunk driving offense, talk to an experienced drunk driving attorney right away.