MSP reminding celebrators not to drink and drive


LANSING, MI (WLNS) – More than 100 law enforcement agencies will be putting more officers on the roads as part of a statewide effort to crack down on drunk driving.

With heavy traffic anyone posing a risk to other drivers will also face the risk of getting a ticket or even getting arrested.

6 News Christa Lamendola talked to state police and is keeping an eye on traffic.

It looks like travelers are getting a head start to the holiday weekend.

6 News talked with state police Thursday who say they are looking out for drunk drivers, but they plan to give out plenty of tickets for those who are distracted on the roads.

Traffic is already picking up as people gear up for the Fourth of July.

With highways filling up with travelers, Michigan State Police are beefing up the presence of state troopers to keep everyone on the road safe.

“The last thing we want is for people to be injured or cause someone else to be injured and have death occur,” said Trooper Tedric Gibbs, Michigan State Police.

With a higher volume of travelers comes a higher risk of hazardous drivers on the road.

“This weekend the OWI the drunk driving, careless driving,” said Trooper Gibbs.

In the past five years there have been 743 alcohol related deaths and injuries in Michigan solely during the month of July.

While drunk drivers on the road are a concern, MSP says they’ll also be cracking down on distracted driving.

“Texting while driving is a big one now. The drunk driving, the OWI has always been a big enforcement issue for us and so we will continue to enforce that very strongly this weekend.”

If you do choose to drink and drive, there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing police lights flashing in your rearview mirror.

“People need to know if you’re drinking and driving that we will be out there and we will catch them.”

You don’t just need state troopers to catch drunk drivers on the road. Troopers say you can also be the eyes and ears on the highways. For example if you see a car swerving and changing speeds, it’s a sign that the driver could be drunk and if you see something, say something and call 911

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