For Fourth of July, more effort against impaired driving

This Independence Day, law enforcement officers in Michigan wants the public to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday but with caution and a plan to get home safely.

Stepped-up drunken driving enforcement will take place starting today through July 14 across the state — in other words, it’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Michigan had seven traffic fatalities during the 2018 Fourth of July holiday, with at least one crash involving alcohol. Police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police remind drivers that any form of impaired driving is illegal.

“Driving while impaired is completely preventable, as are the deaths and injuries that result from this behavior,” said Michael Prince, director of Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “The campaign is designed to inform the public that additional patrols will be out in force, and they should make alternate arrangements for transportation before drinking. There is absolutely zero tolerance for impaired driving in Michigan.”

During this crackdown, officers will be on the look out for motorists under the influence of drugs and alcohol. In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. Michigan has what is commonly referred to as a zero-tolerance drugged driving law.

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.