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Michigan crash deaths from booze down, drugs up

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Seventy-nine crash deaths involved both alcohol and drugs, it said.

“Law enforcement officers are continually finding drugged drivers behind the wheel during traffic stops,” said state police director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. “To help address this growing issue, officers have been receiving advanced training to assist them in identifying and arresting these impaired drivers in an effort to make our roadways safer.”

State police say men are much more likely to get caught driving drunk or high. They say police arrested 41,883 people for drinking- or drug-related driving offenses in 2010. The report says 31,021 of those arrested were men, and 10,862 were women.

Drunken or impaired driving convictions totaled 41,887 in 2010, the report said.

“Education remains critical in preventing people from driving under the influence,” said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. “While the drinking and driving data are encouraging, we must continue educating people about the dangers of driving under the influence and especially drugged-driving.”

Online:

State police report on drunken and drugged driving: http://j.mp/nTcq60

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