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Drunk driving crackdown in Michigan nets over 400 arrests

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Law enforcement in Michigan arrested 433 drunk drivers in a recent crackdown reported the Michigan State Police, (MSP). The report was released April 23rd.

The sweep ran from March 13th to April 8th with the period including college and high school spring break, the NCAA basketball tournament as well as St. Patrick's Day.

"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 201," according to the Michigan State Police.

Agencies from 155 communities stepped up during the above events to curtail drunk driving across the state. This resulted in 12,296 traffic stops and 6,350 citations and arrests, including 296 for other alcohol- and drug-related charges such as open intoxicants, according to the MSP. The effort was coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, (OHSP) , and funded using federal highway safety grants, in 26 counties.

Other arrests were also involved and included:

  • 1,091 speeding citations
  • 648 uninsured motorist citations
  • 556 suspended driver citations
  • 291 fugitive arrests
  • 186 misdemeanor arrests
  • 129 seat belt and child restraint citations
  • 55 felony arrests

Whenever sweeps like this occur there are usually other persons of interest that get caught as the figures above evince. This makes everyone in Michigan a little safer as a result.

Counties receiving these grants included: 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.

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