Law enforcement officers from 150 local police departments, sheriff's offices and the Michigan State Police are continuing stepped up drunk driving and seat belt enforcement through Labor Day weekend.
The extra patrols are part of the federally funded Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which began August 15, part of Michigan's Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Governor Rick Snyder in February 2013.
"The Labor Day holiday weekend is a time for many families to celebrate and travel our great state. For law enforcement officers, however, it is a time for extra drunk driving and seat belt patrols," says Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning Director Michael L. Prince. "These dedicated officers will be conducting strict, stepped up enforcement so everyone can travel safely this holiday."
During the 2013 Labor Day holiday, 10 people were killed in traffic crashes. Three of those fatalities were alcohol related, and one driver killed was not wearing a seat belt. Nearly half of the vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes during 2013 were not wearing seat belts. Alcohol and drug-involved traffic fatalities increased from 342 in 2012 to 354 in 2013.