Drinking and Driving Campaign in Michigan Nets 310 Drunk Drivers
Michigan police have been on the lookout for drunk drivers. A drinking and driving campaign was put in place to crack down on the issue. The statewide campaign lasted 18 days and netted 310 arrests for drinking and driving. Also, 2,700 traffic tickets were handed out during the campaign.
The Do a 360, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, ran from Aug. 18-Sept. 4. Michael L. Prince, the agency’s director, said the campaign is aimed at encouraging people to find a safe ride home.
Drinking and Driving Campaign Stats
The drinking and driving stats get even more intense from this campaign. Of the 310 arrests, 62 of them were charged under Michigan’s “super drunk” law. This law is for individuals with a blood alcohol level of .17 or higher, or twice the legal limit.
During the statewide drinking and driving effort, police officers also handed out 563 citations for driving with a suspended license, 611 citations for uninsured motorists and 1,532 seat belt and child restraint citations. These people were not messing around.
In a written statement, Prince said, “We launched the ‘Do a 360’ effort … to help people acknowledge how important it is to pause and make a plan to get yourself and your friends home safely – and potentially save the lives of others.”
Even though there were 310 arrests for drinking and driving, the whole point of the “Do a 360″ campaign is to stop it from happening. Prince said, “Law enforcement wants to be a partner in getting people home safely. We encourage those who choose to drink to do so responsibly by ‘Doing the 360.’”
What does it mean to “do a 360?” Prince said, “Take a 360-degree view of your circumstances and your surroundings. Plan ahead and never get behind the wheel of a car if you are incapacitated or you will get pulled over and you will go to jail.”
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