As spring arrives in the state of Michigan, there are multiple events that provide entertainment to residents. On the heels of St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness has begun. In addition, schools throughout the state will soon be on spring break. The thing that all of these events have in common is that they often involve the consumption of alcohol. People from all backgrounds might drink more at these social events than they usually do. They might also then get into cars to drive, potentially putting others who happen to be on the road with them in danger.
Knowing that this could happen, the state of Michigan recently commenced a campaign to keep the number of drunk drivers who take to the road, at a minimum. To that end, multiple entities are working together in this endeavor. Those entities include:
- Michigan State Police
- Sherriff’s departments
- Police departments
- Michigan Licensed Beverage Association
- Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning
The campaign has two parts. Michigan License Beverage Association and Michigan Office of Highway are seeking to reduce the activity by promoting designated drivers. That message will be communicated on drink coasters.
Once people get on the road the various law enforcement agencies will patrol roads throughout the state looking for drivers who have had too much to drink. Those patrols will be funded by the federal government and will continue through the first week of April.
Individuals who are arrested for suspicion of drunk driving may be unfamiliar with the process and the consequences they might face. Accordingly, the first thing they should do is consult with a criminal defense lawyer.