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More than 300 Michigan motorists arrested during drunk driving crackdown

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 15:35:32-04

Michigan law enforcement officers arrested 310 motorists during the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" drunk driving crackdown from Aug. 18 to Sept. 4.

Of the 310 people arrested, 62 were charged under the state's high blood alcohol law with a BAC of .17 or higher.

"Our top priority is to encourage people to make the right decision to find a safe ride home," said Michael Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. "That's why we launched the 'Do a 360' effort - to help people acknowledge how important it is to pause and make a plan to get yourself and your friends home safely - and potentially save the lives of others."

During the statewide effort, officers also issued 563 citations for driving with a suspended license, 611 citations for uninsured motorists and 1,532 seat belt and child restraint citations. 

“Law enforcement wants to be a partner in getting people home safely,” said Prince. “We encourage those who choose to drink to do so responsibly by ‘Doing the 360.’ Take a 360-degree view of your circumstances and your surroundings. Plan ahead and never get behind the wheel of a car if you are incapacitated or you will get pulled over and you will go to jail.”