Police begin crackdown of drunk drivers - WNEM TV 5

Police begin crackdown of drunk drivers

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New Years is just a few days away, but if you are feeling like celebrating, you better have a designated driver.

Police agencies across the area will be boosting patrols this weekend to crack down on drunk drivers.

The boosted patrols run through Tuesday.

According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, which coordinates the federally funded enforcement effort, five of the fatal crashes that claimed 14 lives involved alcohol.

"Michigan law enforcement officers are serious about drunken driving enforcement. You will be stopped and you will go to jail. No exceptions or excuses," office director Michael L. Prince said in a statement.

The office of highway safety planning gives the following tips:

  • Designate a sober driver and give the person the keys before leaving for a party or event.
  • Call a taxi, ride the bus or call a sober friend.
  • Take keys from a friend or make other arrangements if the friend is about to drive while impaired.

Departments representing 22 counties in Michigan will be involved in the effort.

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