DETROIT (WWJ) – State police are sending a message to people who are thinking about getting behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking: We’re coming after you.

Law enforcement agencies across the state will work stepped up drunk driving patrols July 1-10, which will include the heavily traveled July 4th weekend.

You’ll also notice an increase of federally funded commercials warning that a drunk driving arrest can cost people their independence over the Independence Day weekend.

The ads, which feature a young man dragging a keg around his ankle, target men aged 21 to 34, the group most likely to drive drunk.

According to the Office of Highway Safety Planning, while the focus of this effort is drivers under the influence of alcohol, officers will be arresting any impaired driver and removing not only drunk drivers from the roadway, but also those under the influence of drugs.

In 2009, drugs accounted for an additional 83 injuries and 89 crashes compared to 2008. In 2010, drug-involved fatalities increased by 29 percent with 153 motorists killed in crashes involving drugs. Some of that increase can be attributed to expanded testing requests.

In 2010, 357 people died in alcohol and/or drug-related crashes including two during the July 4th holiday period.

Comments (4)
  1. Mike says:

    How about those under the influence of their cell phone?

    1. Crash McCar says:

      MIke’s right. There are more risks on the highway than just drunks. Metro Detroit is infested with cell phone operators, texters and people driven by anger, careless attitude and aggressive manner. As Detroit works to make a safer car, whose working to make a safer driver? Maybe MSP can find enough funding to help remind the guilty

  2. Panama corporation says:

    ..Just as we look for the cures to diseases MADD is looking for the cure to the danger of drunk driving on American roads. Tomorrows cars will protect our families from drunk driving automatically determining whether or not the driver is above the legal limit of .08 and failing to operate if the driver is impaired. Imagine your teen simply putting her hands on the steering wheel and the car preventing her from driving while drunk.

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