Law enforcement shows zero tolerance during safe driving campaign

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over -- the statewide law enforcement campaign starts on August 14 and runs through September 2.

Officers, deputies, and troopers will be out in force on the roadways to show zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving during those three weeks.

You'll also see increased messaging about the initiative on billboards, radio, and TV, all with one goal in mind, to reduce serious injuries and deaths caused by impaired driving.

“Labor Day should be a time for friends and family to enjoy the last days of summer,” said Michael Prince, Office of Highway Safety Planning director. “As always, officers will make zero exceptions for impaired driving. There are no excuses. Driving a vehicle while impaired is dangerous.”

What you need to know:
- The campaign lasts for three weeks.
- In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired.
- During last year’s Labor Day holiday, there were 12 fatal crashes, with six crashes involving alcohol.
- On average, a DUI can set you back $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs, etc.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and coordinated by the OHSP.

Watch the new impaired driving ad here.

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