More Drunk Driving Patrols Start Friday

Increased drunk driving patrols begin Friday

 Crackdown includes start of fall college semester, Labor Day weekend

 What: The annual Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. crackdown begins in advance of the heavily traveled Labor Day holiday weekend and as college students prepare to head back to campus.


Officers from state, county and local police agencies in 35 counties will work extra patrols paid for with federal traffic safety funds. Seat belt enforcement zones will also be conducted during the effort which begins Aug. 19 and continues through Sept. 5.

Five Michigan colleges and universities will host media events promoting the crackdown and encouraging safe and sober driving on and around campus.

Who: F/Lt Robert Pernaski, Michigan State Police- Negaunee

Cpl Guy LaPlante, Northern MI University Public Safety

Mr. Lenny Shible, Northern MI University Health Promotion Specialist


When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 18, 2011

Where: NMU Public Safety Services Building (Room 131), Sugarloaf Avenue

Why: In 2010, 357 people died in alcohol and/or drug-related crashes, including 10 during the Labor Day holiday period. Crashes involving drinking tend to be more serious than non-drinking crashes.

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