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Michigan authorities discourage driving drunk over Labor Day weekend

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed Michigan's kick-off of its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign." Authorities throughout the state are now preparing for the Labor Day weekend by continuing to step up enforcement efforts throughout the rest of the campaign that ends Sept. 3.

It has not been reported how many drunk drivers police have taken off the roads since police ramped up patrols Aug. 16, but according to the director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, in 2011, this time of year was the worst when it came to fatal drunk driving accidents. A year ago August reported the most deaths due to motor vehicle accidents involving an intoxicated driver. The actual 2011 Labor Day holiday weekend added an additional four deaths.

Throughout all of last year the state of Michigan reported a total of 319 fatalities due to drunk driving. Because drunk driving is 100 percent preventable, it is fair to say that number is 319 deaths too many. This sentiment would particularly be true for those who have lost a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning director is reminding drivers who could potentially get behind the wheel drunk this weekend, how important it is to make alternate transportation plans. He said that choosing to drive while intoxicated over the holiday will result in an arrest.

We can all hope that the campaign wraps up this weekend very successfully. Just how effective it will be at curbing drunk drivers over the long holiday weekend remains to be seen, but most would probably agree that its message is one that should be taken to heart by drivers throughout the year.

Source: ABC 10, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," Cynthia Thompson, Aug. 30, 2012

  • Our law firm helps hold drunk drivers accountable and obtain compensation for victims of car accidents. To learn more about our practice, please visit our Ann Arbor Drunk Driving Accident page.

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