Michigan law enforcement arrest more than 270 drunk drivers during end-of-summer crackdown

11 traffic fatalities
Posted at 10:59 AM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 11:21:45-04

Michigan police officers have released the results of their end-of-summer drunk driving enforcement initiative. 

Local police departments and sheriff's offices arrested 274 drunk drivers, issued 56 open intoxicant citations and 992 seat belt and child restraint tickets during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown. 

Officers report 35 people had BAC levels of .17 percent or higher. It is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher in Michigan. 

One driver from St. Clair County crashed his vehicle, ran from the scene and jumped into the St. Clair River to evade police. Officers found the man was operating his vehicle under the influence of drugs. 

During the Labor Day holiday period, there were 11 traffic fatalities in 11 separate traffic crashes, police say. Two of those deaths involved alcohol.

The enforcement began Aug. 17 and ran through the Labor Day holiday weekend.