MSP's drunken driving stats alarming
Time for some sad and scary stats from the Michigan State Police.
During the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign — which ran from Aug. 15 through the Labor Day weekend — officers from the MSP and 150 other local police departments stopped almost 15,000 vehicles while on patrol.
Police ended up issuing about 4,500 seat belt and child restraint citations and arrested 169 persons for drunken driving. Of those arrests, 37 had a Blood Alcohol Content of .17 or higher.
And, according to the MSP, one driver arrested in Genesee County registered a staggering .34 BAC, which is more than four times the legal limit of .08.
Surprise, surprise: The driver had a restricted license and an arrest warrant for two previous drunken driving incidents.
In Muskegon County, a driver and passenger were stopped for smoking marijuana with a 7-month-old child in the vehicle.
During the three week crackdown, police issued, 1,192 citations for speeding, 550 for driving with a suspended license and 877 tickets to uninsured motorists.
Officers also arrested 243 fugitives and made 277 other misdemeanor arrests. (One traffic stop in Wexford County resulted in the arrests of three fugitives.)
M-10 (Lodge Freeway): In Detroit, SB will be closed between Eight Mile and Meyers from 9 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Monday for road repairs. The detour is EB Eight Mile to SB I-75 to WB Davison Freeway and then to SB M-10.
I-75: In Troy, the NB left lane will be closed from Crooks to Coolidge from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for maintenance.
I-275: In Romulus, WB exits to Metro Airport via Merriman/Middle Belt will be closed for roadwork. The closures are staggered: from 8 tonight until 10 a.m. Saturday; from 8 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday and from 8 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday. The detour for airport traffic is the Vining exit to turnaround for EB I-94 back to the airport.
I-94: In Detroit, two lanes EB and WB will be closed between the Lodge and I-75 from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs.
I-696: In Southfield, the WB exit and entrance ramps at Greenfield will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday for roadwork. Additionally, EB will have one lane closed from Greenfield to Coolidge from 6 a.m. Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday for repairs.
M-150 (Rochester Road): In Rochester, one lane NB and SB will be closed from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday for road repairs.
M-150: In Rochester Hills, one lane NB and SB will be closed between Avon and South from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday for road repairs.
11 Mile: In Warren, the WB ramp to WB I-696 will have one lane closed from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for maintenance work.
12 Mile: In Warren, EB and WB will be closed near Van Dyke from 8 tonight until noon Saturday for road repairs.
Old 13 Mile: In Warren, EB and WB will be closed at Van Dyke for the same time period for road repairs.