Michigan State Police Out in Force to Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents

August 22, 2012 |
Michigan State Police Out in Force to Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents

With a goal to get impaired drivers off Michigan roads, the Michigan State Police will be out in force over the next few weeks. The new campaign, which runs through Labor Day, is in support of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety initiative. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors the initiative to reduce injuries and deaths from impaired driving.

According to the Michigan State Police, nearly 160 law enforcement agencies in twenty-six counties will step up drunk driving patrols. The campaign aims to let impaired drivers know they can’t outsmart police officers.

Published by the Michigan Highway Safety Planning Office, the study was conducted in hopes of ascertaining why young men choose to drive under the influence when potentially stiff penalties, including jail time, are in place. A large number of participants attested that they were more efficient behind the wheel after heavy drinking. Each participant even had guidelines, strategies and tactics for eluding detection by law enforcement. This included not wearing hats and staying on side streets.

These facts turn up as Michigan launches a stepped-up drunk driving campaign. Over 150 police departments across 25+ counties will hit the streets and highways during a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over sweep. Its intent is to remind drivers that officers are trained in spotting drunk drivers and those who believe otherwise are looking to get arrested.

Of fatal vehicle involved accidents in 2011, males represented over 80% of the drivers. Of those drivers, over forty percent were between the ages of 21 and 34. Between the sexes, males are arrested for DUIs at a rate of 3:1.

The State Police announced that enforcement of seat-belt laws would be more stringent while more man-hours would be devoted to impaired driving patrols in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Kalamazoo, Genesee, St. Clair, Kent, Monroe, Saginaw, and Washtenaw counties. Motorists in these areas were singled out because of high fatality and crash rates for drivers who don’t buckle-up.

Our Bloomfield Hills car accident attorneys encourage all Michigan drivers to obey the traffic laws and to drive safely. There is no such thing as a professional drunk driver, and there is no place safe from a drunk driver. Please, don’t drink and drive.

A Michigan Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver in Michigan, you have a legal right to seek compensation. But you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit, so it’s important to contact a Michigan car accident lawyer without delay. We will handle the necessary paperwork to make sure you don’t miss the deadline. If you have been injured in a car accident, we can help you and your family obtain a fair settlement.

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