Holiday enforcement results in arrests

LANSING — Michigan law enforcement officers made more than 6,050 traffic stops and arrested 218 drunk drivers - 41 of them for having a blood alcohol content of .17 or higher - during the July 4th Drunk Driving. Over the Limit.. Under Arrest. crackdown. In addition, 49 motorists were arrested for drug-related offenses, more than twice as many as during last year’s July 4th enforcement effort.

Officers in 35 counties took part in the July 1-10 crackdown which was coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) and funded by federal traffic safety dollars. This year’s crackdown included 15 recently trained Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officers. DREs are trained to recognize signs of impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol.

“Enforcement efforts like the Over the Limit.. Under Arrest. crackdown help make our communities safer,” said OHSP Director Michael L. Prince. “Removing impaired drivers from the roadways saves lives. It’s that simple.”

Grant-funded patrols resulted in the apprehension of 116 fugitives and 19 felony arrests. More than 160 seat belt and child seat violation tickets, 676 speeding tickets and 950 other traffic violation citations were also written.

Preliminary reports indicate nine people were killed in nine separate crashes during this year’s holiday weekend with four of the crashes involving alcohol.

A second Over the Limit. Under Arrest. drunk driving crackdown kicks off Aug. 19 with law enforcement agencies in 35 counties conducting impaired driving enforcement through the Labor Day weekend.