Drunk Driving Arrests Up over the Holidays

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says law enforcement officers made 9,462 traffic stops and among them 356 drunk driving arrests around the state over the holiday period between December 16th and January 2nd. Over the same time period last year police made 7,510 stops with 300 DWI arrests.
In addition to the 356 drunk driving arrests, 599 other misdemeanor and felony arrests were made and officers issued 113 seat belt and child restraint, 864 speeding and 411 uninsured motorist citations. Two stolen vehicles were recovered and 92 fugitives were arrested during the enforcement effort.
Preliminary reports from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center indicate eight people died in traffic crashes over the recent Christmas and New Year's holidays, with half of those deaths involving alcohol. Three of those killed were pedestrians. This is a slight improvement over the 2009 holiday periods when 10 people died in traffic crashes. Four of those deaths were alcohol-related.

SOURCE: Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning

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