During the upcoming Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, starting today, motorists in all of Michigan’s 83 counties will be reminded to do the right thing when they get behind the wheel because even one wrong choice can ruin many lives. Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police throughout the state are conducting extra patrols to arrest drunk drivers March 16-April 4. This period includes the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, many high school and college spring break periods, and St. Patrick’s Day.

The 2016 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over effort is coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) and supported by federal traffic safety funds. “We’re encouraging motorists to make good choices and always put safety first,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “There are many excellent options available to help you get home after celebrating. It makes sense to call a taxi, have a designated driver, or spend the night at a friend’s house. Just don’t get behind the wheel.”

In 2015, 2,182 people in Michigan were arrested for drunk driving during the NCAA tournament period. Of those, 672 were charged under the state’s high blood-alcohol content (BAC) law with BACs of .17 or higher.

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. Motorists face enhanced penalties if arrested for a first-time drunk driving offense with a .17 BAC or higher.

“Driving while drunk is always a bad decision,” said Prince. “Putting additional officers on the road helps to stop impaired drivers before they harm themselves and others.” Grant-funded drunk driving enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.

Drunk Driving Crackdown Campaign was last modified: March 21st, 2016 by Karen Elford