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State Crackdown Nabs More Drunk Drivers

State Crackdown Nabs More Drunk Drivers

Michigan's late-summer crackdown on drunk driving nailed over 250 drivers who had too much to drink.

Lynn Sutfin with the Office of State Highway Safety Planning tells WOOD Radio the numbers are never surprising.

"267 drunk driving arrests, which is a good thing because we took those dangerous drivers off the road. The bad news, we still had 267 drivers who had too much to drink before they got behind the wheel of a car."

This year's crackdown also included seat belt enforcement during which officers issued 4,119 seat belt and child restraint citations and 68 texting while driving citations

Sutfin says the number of of arrests comes even after research shows people are aware of the state's efforts to reduce drunk drive

"Unfortunately, there is just so many of them that don't think they are gong to get caught, or they are unaware of just how much they have had to drink before they got behind the wheel."

Preliminary results from the state show there were eight traffic fatalities over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Alcohol was a factor in three crashes

In addition, a passenger was arrested for possession of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle. Troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Tri-City Post arrested two fugitives during the crackdown, one of whom had 16 outstanding arrest warrants.

This year's crackdown also included seat belt enforcement during which officers issued 4,119 seat belt and child restraint citations.

Other enforcement activity included:

2,206 other traffic citations

816 uninsured motorist citations

784 speeding tickets

556 suspended driver license citations

266 fugitives apprehended

74 drug arrests

68 texting citations

43 felony arrests

 

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