Fourth of July Enforcement Results in 236 Drunk Driving Arrests; State releases annual Drunk Driving AuditContact: Melody Kindraka, OHSP, firstname.lastname@example.org, (517) 241-1522Agency: State Police
August 7, 2014
Stepped up drunk driving patrols during the Fourth of July holiday period resulted in 236 drunk driving arrests and 381 seat belt and child restraint citations. Preliminary reports indicate law enforcement officers from nearly 160 local police departments, sheriff's offices and Michigan State Police (MSP) posts stopped 7,884 vehicles during the two-week effort, July 1-13.
The results come as the MSP releases the annual Drunk Driving Audit. The report includes statistics about alcohol- and/or drug-involved traffic fatalities, injuries and arrests in 2013.
"Each traffic death represents a family grieving the loss of a loved one," said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). "The dedicated officers who participated in the stepped up enforcement for the Fourth of July holiday worked tirelessly to find and arrest drunk drivers before they could cause a tragedy."
During the Fourth of July enforcement effort, officers also made 88 drug arrests, 18 felony arrests, 145 other misdemeanor arrests and apprehended 179 fugitives. Thirty-one of the 236 drunk driving arrests were for a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .17 or higher, over twice the legal driving limit.
A vehicle search during a traffic stop in Ingham County uncovered more than three pounds of marijuana hidden in the vehicle. It was later discovered the driver intended to sell it. A driver in Berrien County was arrested for driving with a suspended license for the eighth time. One driver arrested in Jackson County had a BAC of .20.
There were nine traffic fatalities during the 2014 Fourth of July holiday period; five were motorcyclists. Three of the fatal crashes involved alcohol. There were 19 traffic fatalities during the 2013 Fourth of July holiday period, which was one day longer because of the weekend.
The Drunk Driving Audit is an annual report issued by the MSP Criminal Justice Information Center and is a collaborative effort between MSP and the Michigan Department of State. The 2013 Drunk Driving Audit includes county-specific information and is available at Michigan.gov/drunkdrivingaudit.
Grant-funded drunk driving enforcement over the Fourth of July holiday period is part of Michigan's Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in February 2013.
Preliminary Fourth of July Enforcement Results as of 7-29-14