MSP: Drunk driving campaign nets 310 DUI arrests
"Drive sober or get pulled over" is advice some 310 motorists should have heeded during the Labor Day drunk driving crackdown in Michigan.
On Thursday, Michigan's Office of Highway Safety Planning, which is under the Michigan State Police umbrella, released the results of the crackdown, which ran from August 18 to Sept. 4, Labor Day.
Some 310 drivers were arrested. One in five drivers, or 62 out of the 310, were charged as 'super drunk,' with blood-alcohol content of 0.17 or higher. That's more than twice Michigan's DUI threshold of 0.08.
As Michael Prince, director of the Office of Highway Safety Planning, said at the time the campaign was announced, its purpose was not just to catch people drinking and driving, but to prevent people from driving drunk. More money was spent marketing the campaign than paying overtime for the officers, authorities said.
The office advised motorists to "do a 360," in evaluating the logistics of getting to and from their destinations.
Said Prince in Thursday's news release: "Plan ahead and never get behind the wheel of a car if you are incapacitated, or you will get pulled over and you will go to jail."
During the crackdown, there were 10 alcohol-involved crash fatalities in Michigan, said Kendall Wingrove, a spokesman for the Office of Highway Safety Planning.
Of the 310 DUI arrests made during the crackdown, 138 of them took place in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties, Wingrove said. Of the 62 "super drunk" drivers arrested, 25 were in Metro Detroit.
Of the 563 citations for driving on a suspended license, 237 were in Metro Detroit. Some 48 percent of the 611 citations for driving without insurance took place in Metro Detroit, as did 35 percent of the 1,532 citations for driving without seat belts or proper car seats, Wingrove said.