Holiday Drunk or Impaired Driving Laws Being Enforced

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office along with other police agencies throughout Michigan will be stepping up drunk driving patrols beginning November 22nd through November 25th, 2018 in an effort to keep roadways safe from distracted, intoxicated and otherwise dangerous drivers.Drive Sober

The statewide campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries from car accidents — particularly important at this time of year, when millions of travelers take to the state’s roadways. More than 400 people are killed each year during the Thanksgiving holiday and another 45,000 accidents occur, according to the National Safety Council.

Statistically the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest bar nights of the year. Sheriff Clayton wants everyone traveling to get to their destinations safely. If you are going to drink please have a designator driver or take a cab home. 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. “Our goal with these traffic details is to ensure that you and your loved ones travel safely over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” Sgt. Campbell said. “If you find yourself behind the wheel this holiday season, please drive sober, defensively, buckle up and watch out for other drivers.”

A perfect example of being on the wrong side of the law was when a woman from Westland was arrested by Troy Police for driving under the influence.

On November 17th, 2018, on eastbound E. Big Beaver Road near John R, at 9:22 PM, Troy Police Officers responded to the area on a report of a two-car property damage accident.

Upon arrival, the officers spoke with one of the drivers involved in the accident, a 29 year old woman from Westland.  The officers noted an odor of alcohol emanating from her. When asked, the driver admitted to having consumed alcohol while at a party in Detroit.

The driver was asked to perform several sobriety evaluations to which she did but the officers noted that she performed poorly. She submitted to a Preliminary Breath Test with a result of .117%. The legal limit in Michigan is .08%

The woman was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol.

She now has to endure going through the court process and if found guilty, will have to pay fines and fees.  She may also hire a lawyer to fight her case and add on to all of that, her car is now damaged and needs repairs.

Don’t let something like this happen to you and it ruin your holidays.