Police cracking down on New Year's Eve drunk drivers

OAK PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - This year 100 law enforcement agencies, including the Michigan State Police, will be cracking down on drunk drivers.

Troopers will be out all night, but, they say, the peak time for drunk drivers is typically 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Troopers say they will be looking for anything suspicious on the roads.

"Any type of unusual driving patterns or behavior - a lot of time you see the weaving back and forth in between lanes where they're crossing the dividing line and the center line," said Trooper Richard Sanchez.  "The reactionary time - they're  usually driving with their high beams on and not paying attention to dimming on oncoming  traffic."

Michigan law enforcement is hoping to send a powerful message that if you drink and drive, you will go to jail.

 

According to Michigan State Police, 14 people killed in traffic crashes during last New Year's holiday period. Five of them were alcohol related.

"Our objective is to be seen out there and give people the opportunity to make a choice or decision before they actually have to make contact with us," said Trooper Sanchez.   "Hopefully it will cut down on alcohol related offenses and traffic accidents."

State Police also send a friendly reminder to party goers urging them to get a designated driver or to call a taxi or ride the bus.

They say if friends are impaired, you should take their keys and make arrangements to get them home safely.

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