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Michigan campaign kick-off: "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over"

Did you know there are tell-tale tactics that tip off police to drunk drivers? So-called "professional drunk drivers," often display the same characteristics and Michigan's finest know what to look for.

Following studies and focus groups conducted with motorists convicted of drunk driving, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning launched a statewide campaign to decrease the number of drunk drivers on the road. The campaign includes talking urinal cakes, commercials, billboards and increased patrols over the Labor Day weekend.

Most drivers arrested for DWI are men between the ages of 21 and 34. In fact, males outnumber female DWI arrests by three to one. And they all use similar tactics to fool the police:

  • driving on side streets
  • keeping both hands on the wheel
  • rolling the windows down
  • not speeding, passing or tailgating
  • wearing a ball cap
  • not playing music

So far, the campaign seems to be working. Over the July 4 holiday weekend, there were only three fatal car accidents throughout the state and none of them were alcohol related.

Drunk drivers cannot fool the police and they cannot escape dire consequences if they cause an accident causing injury or death because of their foolish decisions. Drunk driving accidents are very serious and usually result in both criminal and civil repercussions and liabilities including personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.

Michigan also takes dram shop liability into account after a drunk driving incident. That is when the bar or restaurant that was serving alcohol to the intoxicated individual is held partially responsible for the accident.

Source: mlive.com, "Latest Michigan highway safety campaign targets 'professional drunk drivers,'" David Muller, Aug. 16, 2012

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