Michigan State Police to enforce crackdown on impaired driving

Posted at 9:45 AM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 08:40:41-04

Law enforcement officers will enforce a crackdown on impaired driving from Oct. 18 through Nov. 4. 

Officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and will focus attention on counties with a high number of fatal crashes involving drugs and alcohol.

“October is an especially deadly time of year for alcohol and drug-related crashes,” said Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) Director Michael L. Prince. “We want people to enjoy fall activities such as tailgating and Halloween parties in a safe, responsible manner. Motorists are advised to drive sober as officers will be conducting strict, stepped up enforcement to reduce traffic crashes, fatalities, and injuries.”

Officials say between 2011 and 2016, the month of October saw the third-highest number of alcohol-involved fatal crashes in Michigan, with 151 total. October was also the fourth-highest month for the number of drug-involved fatal crashes in Michigan, with 84 total.

In Michigan, impaired driving represented 45.7 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017. Overall, 359 people died in 2017 because of alcohol-involved traffic crashes, an increase from 274 in 2016.