The focused patrols began Aug. 16 and will continue through the heavily traveled Labor Day weekend in 26 counties. Counties funded through a Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning grant for the patrols include Ottawa, Muskegon, Allegan and Kent.
During a similar effort at this time last year, police across the state arrested 230 people for drunk driving.
“More people died in alcohol-involved crashes in August than in any other month in 2011, and four people died in crashes involving alcohol during last year’s Labor Day weekend,” said Michael Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “Michigan law enforcement officers are experts at catching drunk drivers. They know all the tricks and have heard all the excuses."
While the number of alcohol-involved fatalities has continued to decline, crashes involving alcohol are eight times more likely to be fatal than those not involving alcohol. Last year, 319 people were killed in impaired driving crashes.
"If you drive drunk, you will be arrested," Prince added. "So make the smart decision and find a safe and sober ride home.”
For a listing of planned enforcement times, dates and locations, visit michigan.gov/ohsp.