Police out to catch drunken drivers Super Bowl weekend
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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -
Motorists are being reminded to designating a sober driver before kick off if their Super Bowl celebration if it includes alcohol.
Those who choose to drive drunk after watching the big game on Sunday could face serious penalties as nearly 70 law enforcement agencies are participating in a drunk driving crackdown that starts Friday.
Law enforcement officers in 20 counties will work extra enforcement targeting impaired drivers Friday through Sunday.
The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is coordinating the effort which is supported by federal traffic safety funds.
Agencies in the following counties are participating in the drunk driving patrols: Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Chippewa, Genesee, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne.
"If you are caught driving drunk, you will be arrested," said OHSP Director Michael L. Prince. "Michigan law enforcement officers don't play games when it comes to drunk drivers so make the right call and pass the keys to a sober driver."
Last year on Super Bowl Sunday, 166 people were arrested in Michigan for drunk driving, according to the Michigan State Police. Fifty-two of those arrested had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .17 or higher.
Two people died in traffic crashes that day and both crashes involved alcohol.
In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer feels they are impaired. As of Oct. 31, 2010, motorists face enhanced penalties for a first-time conviction with a .17 BAC or higher, under the state's "super drunk" law.
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