Police make more than 6,500 traffic stops during impaired driving crackdown

Posted at 3:00 PM, Dec 04, 2018

Michigan State Police, sheriff's offices and police departments across Michigan made nearly 7,000 traffic stops and arrested more than 150 drunk drivers during a two-week Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown.

According to the state, law enforcement agencies made 6,869 traffic stops and arrested 153 drunk drivers during the campaign that ran from Oct. 18 through Nov. 4.

“Michigan law enforcement officers have zero tolerance for motorists impaired by drugs or alcohol,” said Michael L. Prince, Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director.  “Motorists were warned to drive sober or get pulled over while celebrating fall activities. Unfortunately, not all motorists made the right decisions.”

Reports indicate officers issued 770 speeding tickets, 53 seat-belt and child restraint tickets and made 64 felony arrests. 

In one instance, the Allegan County Sheriff's Department made a stop for a driver with a BAC of .26, more than three times the legal limit. 

In Monroe County, a person drove past the MSP Monroe Post while drinking from a bottle of beer. That person was found to be in possession of open intoxicants and operating while impaired.