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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign begins Friday throughout Michigan

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Posted at 8:08 AM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 08:08:36-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan State Police, police departments and sheriff's offices throughout Michigan will be conducting the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign beginning Friday and running through Labor Day.

According to MSP, there will be increased enforcement and additional messaging about the dangers of impaired driving on the roads between Aug. 14 and Sept. 7.

“The aim is to drastically reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired driving,” said Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director. “This should be a time for friends and family to enjoy the final days of summer. Impaired driving puts everyone at risk and is always unacceptable.”

Officers will be on the lookout for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the enforcement period. It is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher.

MSP did say motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired.

Last year, there were 10 fatalities on roads during the Labor Day holiday, with three fatalities involving alcohol.