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Results of Impaired Driving campaign released

One OWI arrest included four child-endangerment charges as the woman’s children were also in the vehicle.
Michigan State Police (MSP) have released the results of the August/September impaired...
Michigan State Police (MSP) have released the results of the August/September impaired enforcement period.(WCAX)
Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 11:18 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan State Police (MSP) have released the results of the August/September impaired enforcement period.

Law enforcement officers from 102 police departments, sheriff offices, and MSP posts recently increased patrols across the state during the end-of-summer Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign that ran from August 16 to September 6.

Preliminary reports show officers made 10,370 traffic stops resulting with:

  • 200 arrests of impaired drivers
  • 166 of those were for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)
  • and 34 for Operating Under the Influence of Drugs

The stops also resulted in:

  • 370 seat belt citations
  • 35 child restraint violations (age 7 and below)
  • 2,417 speeding citations
  • 846 other moving violations
  • 1,122 other non-moving violations
  • 807 misdemeanor arrests
  • and 167 felony arrests

“Motorists were asked to make responsible decisions as they celebrated the end of summer and the Labor Day holiday weekend,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). “If you are impaired by any substance you shouldn’t drive, which puts yourself and others at risk. There are no excuses.”

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, though motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. Michigan’s drunk driving law holds a zero-tolerance provision for drivers with certain illegal drugs in their system. The same penalties for drunk driving also apply to those convicted under the zero-tolerance drug provision.

During the enforcement campaign, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reported an arrest of a female driver for OWI, whose arrest included four child-endangerment charges as her four children were also in the vehicle. Officers also stopped numerous speeding drivers, including one for traveling 105 mph in a 55-mph zone.

In an incident in Macomb County, one OWI arrest included a drunk driver who struck a house and fled, then hit a parked car and fled again before driving into a pole.

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