By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Michigan State Police will be increasing their patrols during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
Increased drunk driving enforcement patrols will be out in every county across Michigan between Nov. 22 and Dec. 10, according to the Office of Highway Safety Planning.
In 2016, 416 people died in Michigan as a result of alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes.
During the same year, 2,986 of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes were between the ages of 25-34 and 2,279 were 24 or younger.
Of the 980 fatal crashes during 2016 in Michigan, 254 were alcohol-related, involving at least one drinking operator, bicyclist or pedestrian.
On average, more than 10,000 people died nationwide every year in drunk-driving crashes from 2006-2015. One person is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 51 minutes in the United States.
“We’re encouraging everyone to pause and do a 360-degree assessment of how they plan to get home safely–before they begin to drink,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the OHSP. “Before you leave for a night out, consider these questions: How will you get there? How will you get home? Who is coming along?”