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      Increased patrols for Fourth of July

      Last year, during the Fourth of July holiday, there were 19 traffic deaths in Michigan, and over 40 percent of them involved alcohol. In an attempt to lower this number, law enforcement will be stepping up their patrols over the next two weeks.

      Officers, deputies and troopers who work these federally funded drunk driving patrols are specially trained in Standardized field sobriety testing. The Fourth of July crack down involves nearly 150 agencies from 26 counties across the state. As a result of last years increased patrols, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning said 115 motorists were arrested for drunk driving.

      â??Itâ??s important for families to know that the roads are safe,â?? said Trooper Greg Primeau, M.S.P. â??A lot of vacationing going on this time of year and we want people who are not under the influence and driving the roads as they should be driven to have a safe trip with their families.â??

      In Michigan it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.