Fugitives, speeders arrested during end-of-summer crackdown

Posted at 11:02 AM, Sep 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-23 11:02:48-04

LANSING, Mich.– Michigan State Police announced the latest numbers from the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown.

Law enforcement from 150 local police departments, sheriff’s offices and MSP posts stopped 14,876 vehicles, arrested 169 drunk drivers and issued 4,507 seat belt and child restraint citations from August 15 through the Labor Day weekend.

During one of the stops, troopers arrested a driver and passenger in Muskegon County for smoking marijuana with a 7-month-old child in the vehicle.

Officers also issued 1,192 citations for speeding, 550 citations for driving with a suspended license and 877 citations to uninsured motorists during the three-week event.

Officers also arrested 243 fugitives and made 277 other misdemeanor arrests.  Of the 169 arrests for drunk driving, 37 had a blood alcohol content of 0.17 percent or higher.

Preliminary reports revealed three people killed in crashes during the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend; one which involved alcohol.

That’s down from 10 people who were killed during the same time in 2013.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) coordinated the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement by administering federal traffic safety funds to police departments covering 40 counties.

Grant-funded seat belt and drunk driving enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in February 2013.