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Impaired Driving

Impaired Driving

Impaired Driving in Michigan
Throughout 2022 in Michigan, there were 9,331 alcohol-involved crashes with 322 fatalities, and 2,452 drug-involved crashes with 249 fatalities statewide, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. 

That is why, over the 2023 winter holidays, law enforcement officials throughout Michigan are participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. To protect lives, there will be increased patrols on roads from December 15, 2023, to January 1, 2024, with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired. Officers from the Michigan State Police, county sheriff offices and municipal police agencies across Michigan are encouraging motorists to celebrate safely and make smart driving decisions.

From 2018 to 2022, during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, 66 people were killed in traffic crashes in Michigan, including 17 people who died in alcohol-involved crashes.

Officers will be on the lookout for motorists under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol throughout the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement period. 

Other facts drivers should know
Police officers will be looking for cannabis impairment based on: 1. Driving behavior 2. Officer’s observations of the driver 3. How a driver performs on field sobriety tests

Based on these three stages of an investigation, a police officer may request a chemical test. If a driver refuses to submit to a chemical test, their license will be suspended pursuant to Michigan’s implied consent law. Under this law, all drivers are considered to have given consent to the test when they apply for and renew their driver’s license.

Learn more about the costs and consequences of driving impaired.


    Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
    Holiday 2023 Outreach Materials
    Fact Sheet and Talking Points

    Social Media Samples

    Local News Release Template

    Michigan's Impaired Driving Law
    It is a crime for a driver to have a bodily alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater if over age 21 or .02 or greater if under 21. In addition, Michigan has a high-BAC law with enhanced penalties for anyone caught driving with a BAC of .17 or higher. However, drivers can be arrested at any BAC level if they exhibit signs of impairment while operating a motor vehicle.

    Drivers with any amount of a Schedule 1 controlled substance and/or cocaine are subject to the same fines and penalties as drunk drivers, even if they show no signs of impairment. The only exception is an individual who has a valid medical marijuana card and is driving with cannabis in his or her system. Under the law, an officer must show they are impaired due to that cannabis.