Michigan State Police: nearly 6,900 traffic stops, 153 drunk driving arrests during campaign

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LANSING (WJRT) (12/4/2018) - The three-week Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign in Michigan led to nearly 6,900 traffic stops and 153 arrests for drunken driving, according to the Michigan State Police.

The campaign with increased enforcement and more officers on patrol ran from from Oct. 18 to Nov. 4. A federal grant paid for the effort.

Police across the state made 6,869 traffic stops and arrested 153 alleged drunk drivers as a result of the campaign. They also issued 770 speeding tickets, 53 seat belt violations and made 64 felony arrests not related to drunken driving.

“Michigan law enforcement officers have zero tolerance for motorists impaired by drugs or alcohol,” said Michael L. Prince, Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director. “Motorists were warned to drive sober or get pulled over while celebrating fall activities. Unfortunately, not all motorists made the right decisions.”

Some notable incidents during the enforcement period included:

-- The Allegan County Sheriff’s Department made a stop for a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.26 percent. The driver also had a suspended license and methamphetamine, police say.

-- A motorist drove by a Michigan State Police trooper in Monroe County while drinking from an open bottle of beer. The trooper found open alcoholic beverages in the vehicle during a traffic stop and arrested the driver for being impaired.

Michigan's standard for drunken driving is a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent. Drivers can be arrested for being impaired with any blood alcohol content based on an officer's discretion.