Educating people about the dangers of drunk driving isn't something that ends. Ongoing efforts are necessary to raise awareness of how devastating impaired driving can be.
As residents of Michigan prepare for the Fourth of July weekend, a caution goes out to all drivers to avoid drunk driving during the long weekend. Winters are long here in Michigan and residents across the state seem summer and summer holidays as a reward for enduring those winters.
Drunk driving remains a serious problem in Michigan. Thousands of crashes occur every year as a result of intoxicated drivers getting behind the wheel and thinking they can drive home safely. In 2013, there were there were 5,343 crashes in Michigan by drunk drivers that caused property damage or personal injuries to the motorists.
When you mention drunk driving and holidays, many people naturally think of New Years Eve as being the riskiest holiday of the year. In reality, it is the Thanksgiving Day weekend that presents the greatest risk. And it is not just due to motorists who are frazzled from attempting to travel on one of the biggest travel days of the year.
With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, many people throughout Michigan will be packing the car or the suitcases and heading out on the road. With the economy improving, more travelers will be hitting the roads in to visit friends and family, both in the Ann Arbor area and across Michigan and the upper Midwest.
Drunk drivers often engage in many dangerous activities, such as getting behind the wheel of a car and attempting to drive on the public streets and highways of Michigan. Sometimes they avoid causing death and destruction and they merely embarrass themselves by doing something foolish.
The Labor Day weekend officially begins at 6 pm Friday night, but law enforcement throughout Michigan began the "festivities" a little early. On August 15, police from 40 counties in Michigan kicked off their Drive Sober or Get Pulled campaign. The campaign is being used nationwide by law enforcement to reduce and prevent drunk driving.
The holidays are upon us here in Michigan, and while this is meant to be a time of celebration for many, it is important for everyone to celebrate responsibly.
Two Ypsilanti residents sustained serious injuries in a car accident last night in Ann Arbor on the eastbound side of M-14, according to a news report. The accident took place at about 11 p.m., after which M-14 east was closed for about two hours at Barton Road.