Drunk driving-related car crashes tend to increase across Michigan and the rest of the United States during the holiday season. As a result, so, too, do drunk driving enforcement patrols. A Michigan charge of operating while intoxicated has the potential to land you in serious legal trouble if it leads to a conviction. Thus, you must think twice before driving after a holiday party or other event involving alcohol.
According to ABC 12, Michigan is again enacting a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” awareness campaign as they increase patrols during the holiday season. While law enforcement officers plan to patrol the roads as normal during this time, law enforcement agencies are also placing officers out on the roads specifically to catch drunk drivers.
Drunk driving holiday crash statistics
In 2020 alone, there were more than 325 fatalities in about 9,000 crashes involving alcohol in Michigan. Also, within the period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, 84 drunk driving-related fatalities took place between 2016 and 2020.
Drunk driving arrest statistics
Michigan authorities conducted a similar “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign between August and September in 2021. During that time, authorities made more than 10,000 traffic stops and 200 OWI arrests.
An OWI charge carries serious consequences, and even a first offense may lead to fines, community service obligations and possible jail time, among other penalties. If you face such a charge, consider securing legal representation to help minimize any damage or trouble the charge may cause you.