Law Enforcement Amping Up Patrol for St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and police are amping up patrols to ensure those celebrating don’t drink and drive.
Law enforcement agencies in 26 counties are hitting the streets to combat drunk driving between now and April 7.
Police officers, sheriff deputies and Michigan State Police troopers from 144 different agencies are heading out on extra patrols to arrest impaired drivers during a time period that includes the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, high school and college spring break periods and St. Patrick’s Day.
A five-year review of crash data indicates both alcohol use and lack of seat belts play a significant role in fatal and serious injury crashes in March and early April.
In 2013, almost 2,300 people were arrested for drunk driving during the NCAA tournament time period.
In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any blood alcohol content level if an officer believes they are impaired. Motorists face enhanced penalties if arrested for a first-time “super drunk” driving offense — that’s an offense where the blood a alcohol content is measure at .17 or higher.