People enjoyed fourth of July weekend; arrests were mixed

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JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Another holiday weekend is in the books. While many people in Michigan were enjoying the fourth of July, others had to keep an eye on potential dangers. According to law enforcement in Jackson, there were a combined sixteen arrests for people operating while intoxicated.

People had a good time over the fourth of July weekend but, some blurred the lines between safe and irresponsible.

Michigan State Police Jackson Post Lieutenant Kyle Bowman said, “arrested nine people while under the influence of alcohol over the weekend. That’s about the same amount we arrested last year during the same time period. You know our goal is to have zero. We want people to voluntarily not drive and drive. That’s why we’re constantly reminding people to find a designated driver.”

Other arrests were reported by other police agencies throughout Jackson County. Yet, the Jackson Police Department is pleased with how the long weekend went.

“We had good weather. We need we were going to have good weather for the weekend, but we probably anticipated a little more activity than what we did have but it wasn’t so unusual where we were shocked,” said Jackson Police Department Deputy Chief Elmer Hitt.

And, there are positive signs from Michigan State Police’s operation care event.

Lt. Bowman said, “our visibility out there, I think certainly is a show of our commitment out there and that’s successful. I know a lot of our troopers had routine contact and were able to help with motorists or were able to stop in the rest areas and have some conversations.”

So, overall the majority of people balanced fun with responsibility. For those who didn’t, this fourth of July could end up being an expensive lesson.

And, it was good news on the traffic front, as there were no deadly crashes in the Jackson area during the four day stretch, according to Michigan State Police.

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