September 1, 2016, Canton, MI – The Canton Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the state in the Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk driving enforcement campaign. Beginning tomorrow and running through the following weekend, officers will put special emphasis on dangerous driving behaviors, unbelted motorists and those driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Last year, Michigan motorists experienced 12 fatal crashes resulting in 15 deaths over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
”We want people to travel and enjoy their holiday weekend, but to do so responsibly—with the stepped up enforcements we can assist in keeping motorists safe by removing drunk drivers from the roadways,” says Sergeant Eric Kolke.
In Michigan, a motorist can be arrested for Operating While Intoxicated with a .08 blood alcohol content or higher. A drunk driving conviction is costly and comes with assorted penalties including fines, legal fees, driver responsibility fees, court costs and higher insurance rates.
Extra patrols are funded by federal grants from the Office of Highway Safety Planning.