By Scott Bolthouse
It’s “drive sober or get pulled over,” according to the Michigan State Police’s holiday-time campaign.
As the new year arrives, law enforcement officials across the state are urging drivers not to get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.
According to a press release from the MSP, officers from local police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will step up drunk driving enforcement across the state on New Years.
“In a recent statewide survey, 70 percent of respondents said they are more likely to use a designated driver after drinking at holiday parties when someone offers ahead of time. With nearly half of respondents planning to attend parties where alcohol is served this Christmas and New Year’s, the generosity of the Designated Driver Gift Card is sure to brighten everyone’s holiday.”
The statewide survey, according to MSP officials, says about ten percent of respondents said they will drink more than usual during holiday gatherings. In the survey, 7.7 percent of men say they will be drinking more than usual, and 14 percent of women said they will be drinking more than usual.
According to the MSP, last year, there were 27 traffic fatalities during the 2014 Christmas and 2014/2015 New Year’s holidays. Five of the fatal crashes involved alcohol and nine of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.
In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. Motorists face enhanced penalties if arrested for a first-time drunk driving offense with a .17 BAC or higher.
Here’s a list of local cab companies ready to serve you on New Years.