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Local Law Enforcement to Participate in Drunk Driving Crackdown

12/26/2012 09:35 pm 21:35:21 | Updated Feb 26, 2013

(LANSING, Mich.) -- Michigan State Police say more than 100 law enforcement agencies are participating in a drunk driving crackdown that begins Dec. 27 and continues through Jan. 1.

Law enforcement officers in 22 Michigan counties will work extra enforcement, targeting impaired drivers during a New Year's holiday drunk driving crackdown. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning is coordinating the effort, which is supported by federal traffic safety funds. The participating counties include: Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Chippewa, Delta, Genesee, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Oakland, Ogemaw, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne.

"The best way to start out the new year is by celebrating responsibly and designating a sober driver, taking a cab or spending the night," said OHSP Director Michael L. Prince. "Michigan law enforcement officers are serious about drunk driving enforcement. You will be stopped and you will go to jail. No exceptions or excuses."

During the 2011 New Year holiday period, 14 people were killed in traffic crashes and five of the crashes involved alcohol.

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