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Extra Officers Continue Drunk Driving and Seat Belt Enforcement

Contact: Melody Kindraka, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, kindrakam@michigan.gov,


517-241-1522
Agency: State Police

September 3, 2015
Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriffs offices and the Michigan State Police
will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and unbuckled motorists during the Labor Day holiday
weekend, the unofficial end of summer.
The extra drunk driving and seat belt enforcement is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled
Over campaign, which began Aug. 21 and will last through Monday.
Michigan law enforcement officers are experts at apprehending drunk drivers and identifying
unbuckled motorists. During the Labor Day holiday weekend, they will be out on patrol to help make
sure everyone arrives at their destinations safely, said Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of
Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director.
During the 2014 Labor Day holiday period, five of the six fatal traffic crashes involved alcohol. One
driver who was killed was not wearing a seat belt.
Last year, 188 people who died in Michigan traffic crashes were not wearing their seat
belts. Buckling up can reduce the risk of serious injury or death in a crash by 45 percent.
In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (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.
Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating
position to be buckled up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or
49 tall, and children under 4 years old must be in the back seat.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds
coordinated by OHSP. Grant-funded impaired driving and seat belt enforcement is part of
Michigans Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.