Michigan’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Arrested Nearly 200 People
Michigan's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown was an attempt to cut down on drunk driving towards the end of the year. This time Michigan police arrested close to 200 people during the campaign and saw a lot more during the process.
I've got a feeling that this might turn into a monthly event for law enforcement. Well, at least during the more festive months. I wouldn't be surprised to see an increase in patrols for March Madness.
Now the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown pulled in some serious numbers. According to NBC25.com, the police were very active during the crackdown.
Preliminary reports indicate officers made 7,529 traffic stops, arrested 159 drunk drivers and 39 drivers under the influence of drugs, issued 1,120 speeding citations, 88 seat belt citations, and 13 child-restraint citations. In addition, officers made 147 felony arrests during the enforcement period.
Almost 8,000 traffic stops! That's some serious legwork. But when you start to release that Michigan did an audit of fatal crashes back in 2019 you'll realize that 41% of drivers had alcohol in their system. That's also a crazy number to wrap your head around. Half of everybody that died in a crash in 2019 in Michigan was related to alcohol.
The roads here are dangerous enough without the influence of alcohol. But I respect the efforts that law enforcement is making to keep people from making dumb decisions.
A visit to the county jail is better than a visit to the county morgue...