LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - Law enforcement officers from 156 agencies in Michigan are putting extra officers on the road starting Monday night as part of a statewide drunk driving crackdown for the July Fourth holiday.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over effort runs through July 7 and is paid for with federal funds administered by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), according to a news release.
"Drunk driving is a serious offense with serious consequences. The stepped-up patrols will be on the lookout for drunk drivers to ensure those drivers are off the road," said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. "Make sure the only flashing lights you see this Fourth of July are fireworks. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you start drinking."
During the 2012 July Fourth holiday period, four people were killed in four traffic crashes. Although none of the crashes involved alcohol, alcohol-related traffic deaths and serious injuries increase during the summer months, with July and August being the highest.
During 2008 to 2012, alcohol involvement resulted in 743 deaths and incapacitating injuries during the month of July, and 753 deaths and serious injuries during the month of August.
A second statewide drunk driving crackdown is slated for Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.
Agencies in the following 26 counties will have extra officers out cracking down on drunk drivers during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign: Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Chippewa, Delta, Eaton, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Ogemaw, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne.
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 feels they are impaired. Under the state's high BAC law, motorists face enhanced penalties if a first-time arrest is for a .17 BAC or higher.
GRAM Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle Friday night.
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Police say snow made roads "treacherous" Sunday and urged people to stay home if possible.