In Michigan, a motorist can be arrested for drunk driving with .08 or higher blood-alcohol content. A drunk driving conviction is costly and comes with assorted penalties — including fines, legal fees, driver responsibility fees, court costs and higher insurance rates.
Motorists arrested for drunk driving with a .17 blood-alcohol content face increased penalties — including the possible installation of an ignition interlock device preventing the car from starting if the driver has been drinking.
In 2010, 357 people died in Michigan as a result of alcohol and drug-involved traffic crashes — a 1.7 percent increase from 2009.
The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety recommends that drivers plan ahead, drink responsibly and always designate a sober driver.