This Labor Day weekend Michigan will see increased enforcement of persons who drink and drive starting Thursday the 29th, and continuing on through September 2nd.
The extra enforcement “…involves 155 local police departments and sheriff’s offices, plus Michigan State Police posts in 26 counties as part of the state’s federally funded Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign,” reported The Oakland Press.
The Auburn Hills-based Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan says alcohol-related crashes in 2012 killed 15 people in Oakland County, 31 in Wayne County, 15 in Macomb County, and three people in Washtenaw County according to theoaklandpress.com.
Of course, driving under the influence does not mean just alcohol. Drugs are included in this as well. And for a sobering statistic, over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 in the U.S. for driving under the influence of alcohol, or narcotics according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (“Crime in the United States: 2011”).
In 2011, 226 children in the U.S. were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those 226 deaths, 122 were riding with the drunk driver, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, (MADD) acquired by a data query in 2013.
Incidentally, the average cost of a drunk driving conviction is just over $10,000.00, not to mention the police record that you will have.
Additionally, Michigan has what is termed the “Super Drunk” law where the penalties are enhanced if the driver’s blood alcohol content, or BAC, is 0.17 or higher.
Make this Labor Day weekend and beyond a safe one. If you drink, and/or drug, catch a cab, call a friend, anything, but do not drive polluted. It could cost you, or others their lives.
Enjoy the holiday weekend.
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“One person dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose in the United States and that trend is being driven by prescription (Rx) painkillers.” (drugfree.org)
If you or a loved one needs help with any type of drug abuse/addiction problem, contact these sites depending on where you live. SEMCA (Wayne County residents), CARE (Macomb County residents), PACE (Oakland County residents), Drug Free Detroit (City of Detroit residents). For those residing outside the State of Michigan, contact SAMHSA for assistance. For assistance with medical marijuana issues contact The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, Michigan Medical Marijuana Certification Center, or greentreesdetroit.com, phone number: (313) 967-9999, or (248) 677-2888.
Substance abuse and mental health treatment locator here: SAMSHA