ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – Don’t drink and drive. We hear that warning a lot.
WWJ’s Gary Lundy tells us about one local community that is now enforcing a new ordinance on “Super Drunks”.
The City of Royal Oak is a hot spot on any given weekend night, with all the pubs and bars and places to hang out. But the city is coming down hard on drunk drivers.
Especially those they call “Super Drunks”, drivers that have a Blood Alcohol Content of .17 which is more than twice the .08 legal limit.
The ordinance is an amendment to a state law that was passed in 2008. Back in February, lawmakers amended the Home Rule City Act that allows cities like Royal Oak to actively go after super drunk drivers.
The misdemeanor charge can include 180 days in jail, $700 in fines, and hundreds of hours in community service. And there’s also legal fees, which could cost thousands of dollars.