Drive Sober Crackdown Nets 482 Arrests, Over 2,200 Speeding Tickets

Drive Sober Crackdown Nets 482 Arrests, Over 2,200 Speeding Tickets

(Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, Feb. 12, 2018)

Southfield, MI – Law enforcement officers arrested 482 motorists during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk driving crackdown Nov. 22–Dec. 10, 2017. Of those arrested, 71 were charged under the state’s high blood alcohol content (BAC) law with a BAC of 0.17 or higher.

“Drunk driving can have harsh consequences for offenders, their families and potential victims,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We appreciate the law enforcement officers in every section of the state who are dedicated to preventing tragedies. Their diligence reduces fatalities and injuries on our roadways.”

During the statewide effort, officers also issued 2,281 citations for speeding and 663 citations for driving with a suspended license.

The Southfield Police Department observed a driver run a red light while using a cell phone and arrested him for operating while intoxicated. They also stopped another vehicle for speeding at 109 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. When troopers from the Michigan State Police Monroe Post stopped a vehicle they arrested a passenger with an outstanding bench warrant and three family abuse warrants. He was also found to be in violation of the terms of his parole.

Michigan law considers persons with a BAC of 0.08 or greater to be driving drunk. Penalties for the first offense can include restrictions on driving privileges, up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine up to $500, with enhanced penalties for BAC of 0.17 or above.

In 2016, the last year for which complete data is available, 32,610 drivers were arrested for impaired driving.

Learn more about Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over:

2017 Michigan State Police Fact Sheet


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