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      Fourth of July enforcement brings 236 drunk driving arrests

      Michigan State Police report that the stepped up drunk driving patrols during the Fourth of July holiday period resulted in 236 drunk driving arrests and 381 seat belt and child restraint citations.

      Reports indicate that law enforcement officials from 160 local police departments, sheriff's offices and Michigan State Police posts stopped 7,884 vehicles from July 1 to July 13. During this period, officers made 88 drug arrests, 18 felony arrests, 145 other misdemeanor arrests and apprehended 179 fugitives. One vehicle searched in Ingham County was found with more than three pounds of marijuana hidden within.

      Of the 236 drunk driving arrests, 31 of them were for blood alcohol content of .17 or higher, over twice the legal driving limit, including one driver from Jackson County with a BAC of .20.

      There were nine traffic fatalities during the 2014 Fourth of July period, down from 19 during 2013's holiday period. Three of the fatal crashes this year involved alcohol.

      The grant-funded drunk enforcement over the Fourth of July holiday period is part of Michigan's Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed in February 2013 by Governor Rick Snyder.