The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, a time for friends and families to enjoy pool parties, backyard barbecues, and other activities to enjoy the last days of summer.
Sadly, the Labor Day holiday has also become one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering themselves and others. This year the Michigan State Police Niles Post is partnering with the Office of Highway Safety Planning to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives.
They want people to understand that it is up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober this Labor Day and every day. Drunk driving is a huge problem and the numbers are rising, little by little. This is not a ticketing campaign. It is a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal, and it takes lives. Help them put an end to this senseless behavior.
The high visibility, national enforcement campaign, DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER, runs from August 17 thru Sept 3. During this campaign, law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased State and National messages about the dangers of impaired driving, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on the nation’s roadways.
In 2017, 320 people died in Michigan as a result of alcohol- involved traffic crashes and 221 people died as a result of drug involved traffic crashes. Nationwide, between 2012-2016, on average, 10,000 people were killed each year in alcohol and drug involved crashes. One person every 50 minutes in 2016. That is the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year, with no survivors.