In Michigan, when someone is injured or killed by a drunk driver, it is possible for the victim or his or her survivors to file a lawsuit against the driver and/or any establishment that may have over-served the driver. This can result in compensation for medical or funeral expenses, lost income, and other costs of drunk driving car accidents.
As many people are aware, there has been much debate recently about whether the state's lawmakers should allow the drunk driving threshold to rise to .10 this fall as it is scheduled to do. Currently, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle when the driver has a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, but the law is set to allow that level to move back up to .10 in October.
Many people in Ypsilanti and the surrounding areas have likely heard that last week an SUV crashed into the storefront of the AM 1700 radio station. It appears that no one was injured, according to early news reports.
One of the most exciting milestones for teenagers here in Michigan is one of the most frightening times for their parents--obtaining their drivers' licenses.
Michigan residents may have noticed increased police patrols out over the Thanksgiving holiday. Police departments tend to ramp up traffic and DUI patrols over the holidays, as these can be very dangerous times on U.S. roadways.
As automakers continue to develop safer cars here in Michigan, traffic infrastructure continues to improve and drivers continue to learn more about eliminating risks behind the wheel, you would think that the number of fatal car accidents would decline in this country. Unfortunately, a recent report has confirmed just the opposite.
There are far too many DUI victims in Michigan. Far too often in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and throughout the state, a drunk driver gets behind the wheel and ends up injuring or even killing someone. According to a recent study, however, there are drivers who are impaired by something other than alcohol that we should be very worried about.
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.