Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
The Michigan State University Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from March 16-29.
Throughout Michigan, law enforcement officers are conducting extra patrols to arrest drunk drivers. The crackdown period includes events that Spartans frequently participate in such as St. Patrick’s Day and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
“All drunk driving accidents are preventable,” said Sgt. Dan Munford. “To keep yourself and others safe, plan ahead and designate a sober driver or call a taxi service to get home safely.”
Here are some safety tips to follow when participating in celebrations:
- Designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely.
- If you are the designated driver, commit to staying sober.
- Party hosts should offer non-alcoholic beverages and never pressure guests to drink alcohol.
- If you see someone driving drunk, call 911 and give a description of the vehicle and location to law enforcement.
In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher for motorists who are 21 and older and .02 for those who are under 21. However, motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. The legal drinking age in Michigan is 21. Motorists convicted of drunk driving receive penalties that could include jail time, fines and a suspended license.