Obama Administration Cracking Down on Drunk Driving

Drive Sober or Get Pulled OverAre you wondering why there are more police on the road?

Have you seen the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign?

In October, the Obama Administration will finalize their proposal that offers to incentives for states to tighten laws on first time drunk driving offenders. Congress recently approved a $20 million incentive program that requires all convicted drunk drivers to pay for the installation of an alcohol ignition interlock system. With the new incentives coming down to the state, in Michigan, we are already hearing radio spots and seeing more police on the roads.

What is the Alcohol Ignition Interlock?

According to the Detroit News:

“Alcohol ignition interlock systems require drivers to blow into a Breathalyzer-like device — typically installed on a vehicle’s dashboard — to ensure the individual is sober before allowing the vehicle to start.”

Does Michigan Require the Ignition Interlocks?

Michigan is one of the 17 states that does require convicted drivers who blew over a .017 to have in ignition interlock installed on the drivers dime. This past July, the state of Virginia started requiring all first-time offenders to use  the alcohol ignition interlocks. The Detroit News reports:

“These really keep down recidivism,” said John Saunders, vice chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association and director of the Virginia Highway Safety Services.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

This Labor Day weekend all over the county, over 10,000 police and law enforcement agencies will be joining the campaign. The National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) released research showing that there were 10,228 alcohol-impaired deaths in 2010, making close to 1 out of 3 highway deaths were caused by alcohol. In addition to that, NHTSA reported that over two-thirds of the deaths cause by a drunk driver whose blood-alcohol levels were .15 or higher.

It is yet to be seen if or when Michigan will require first-time offenders to install the alcohol ignition interlocks. What we will see this Labor Day weekend is an increase of police on the roads. Remember to have fun and stay safe.