County Sheriff On The Lookout For Drunk Drivers

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 07/02/2016 - 00:51

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office will step up enforcement and be on the lookout for impaired drivers in Washtenaw County. This takes place from July 1 through July 5. Law enforcement officers will work over 100 hours in Washtenaw County designated for impaired driving enforcement.

People enjoy celebrating the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holiday period over the last five years (from 2010 to 2014), 752 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 39 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

During the July 4th holidays, and throughout the year, NHTSA's SaferRide app will help keep drunk drivers off our roads by allowing users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is coordinated by the OHSP and supported by federal traffic safety funds.

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (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.

Grant-funded impaired driving enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.

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