Numbers are in from the state's most recent drunk driving crackdown. Lynn Suftin with the
Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning tells WOOD Radio the numbers are surprising.
"We did a drunken-driving crackdown March 13 thru April 8th. Law enforcement across Michigan made over 12 hundred traffic stops and arrested 433 motorists for drunken driving."
Of those arrested, 72 were charged under the state’s high blood alcohol content (BAC) law with a BAC of .17 or higher. This is an increase from the 405 drunk driving arrests made during a similar enforcement effort in 2012.
One motorist was arrested with a .43 BAC by Kent County’s Kentwood Police Department. It was the driver’s third drunk driving arrest
Suftin says even though drunken driving awareness and the penalties associated with it have never been higher, some drivers still think they can drink and drive.
"We have to find a way to get it into their brains that no one is a "good" drunk driver. In just about every case, eventually drunk drivers get caught."
Officers from 155 agencies conducted stepped up enforcement aimed at curtailing drunk driving during a time frame that included National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournaments, high school and college spring break periods and St. Patrick’s Day.