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More than 120 people arrested during increased enforcement period

Last month, we wrote about the increased drunk driving enforcement efforts across the state of Michigan that ran from July 1 through July 8. Part of the increased efforts included talking urinal cakes in Michigan bars and restaurants. The urinal cakes were distributed to more than 200 establishments. A larger part of the enforcement efforts included increased patrols.

Over the one week period, law enforcement officers from across the state made 126 drunk driving arrests. Of the arrests, close to 20 percent were individuals with a blood alcohol level of 0.17 or higher.

Drunk driving arrests were down from last year. In 2011, the Fourth of July holiday increased enforcement period resulted in 218 arrests. In addition, alcohol does not appear to be a factor in any of the fatal accidents that occurred over the Fourth of July holiday. In 2011, alcohol appeared to be a factor in three fatal accidents.

A drunk driving arrest can happen to anyone. Unfortunately, the penalties for a drunk driving conviction can be severe. People may lose their driver's license, they may face fines, probation and even time behind bars. A drunk driving conviction can have a major impact on an individual's life.

Although people charged with OWI may feel overwhelmed and helpless, working with an experienced attorney may prove to be beneficial. An attorney may be able to question the tactics law enforcement officer used during a traffic stop. They may even be able to negotiate with prosecutors to mitigate any potential penalties.

Source: Hillsdale Daily News, "Enforcement results in 126 drunk driving arrests," Aug. 2, 2012

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