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Michigan police reveal new campaign to curb drunk driving

Michigan will be enforcing a new program to curb drunk driving.
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    December 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Michigan police reveal new campaign to curb drunk driving

On a daily basis, approximately 30 people in the U.S. are killed in a vehicle accident that involves a driver that has been drinking, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization, there were 5,377 alcohol-related crashes in Michigan in 2011 and 29 percent of all traffic deaths in the state were related to alcohol in this same year.

Encouraging safe behaviors

According to MADD, alcohol-related fatalities are on the rise. In 2011, there were 255 related traffic deaths in Michigan, an 8.1 percent increase from the following year. To curb the number of alcohol-related fatalities, injuries and DUIs in the state, Michigan law enforcement officers recently revealed a new ad campaign, says m live.

The campaign is centered on a "hybrid" vehicle that is divided into two parts. The front half of the vehicle is a traditional police car while the back half of the vehicle is designed to look like a taxi cab. The overall message of this ad is to help drivers think about whether or not they want to sit in the back of a cop car or in the back of a taxi cab before drinking and driving.

This new ad campaign is funded as part of the state's Strategic Highway Safety Plan. This plan was signed by the Governor of Michigan in February of this year and is meant to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads and alcohol-related crashes.

Consequences of driving under the influence

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content level above 0.08, states the Michigan State Police. Besides being susceptible to accidents and harming themselves and others, there are legal consequences that come from being caught driving under the influence of alcohol. If a driver is pulled over for signs of impairment and it is found that their BAC is below 0.17 upon a first offense, they are subject to:
-A $500 fine.
-Up to 93 days jail time.
-Up to 360 hours of community service.
-Up to 180 days of license suspension.
-Six points on their driver's license.

To avoid these consequences, drivers should plan on finding alternate transportation, like taking a taxi, before they plan on drinking or appoint a designated driver if they are going out with a group. If you see that one of your friends is attempting to drive home under the influence of alcohol, hide their keys from them and help them find a different way home.

If you were caught driving under the influence of alcohol and have been charged with a DUI, contact an experienced attorney in your area that can limit or reduce the impact the DUI has on your daily life.

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