Police keep eye on Labor Day drivers
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
THE SAGINAW NEWS
State police from the Mount Pleasant Post are on the watch for drunken drivers, speeders and seat belt violators in Clare, Isabella and along major highways in adjoining counties.
Starting Friday and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, troopers will target speeders and aggressive and careless motorists on M-115, U.S. 10, M-66 and U.S. 131.
Authorities designed the effort to bring the summer of 2007 to a safe conclusion.
Troopers from the Reed City and Cadillac posts will assist.
The stepped-up patrols are part of a statewide crackdown dubbed "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest."
In Michigan, motorists face a drunken driving arrest if their blood alcohol content registers .08 percent or greater. A drunken driving conviction carries an assortment of penalties, including court costs and fines, increased car insurance, legal fees and $2,000 in driver responsibility fees.
The 2006 Labor Day weekend produced eight traffic deaths on Michigan roadways, state police records show. Crash investigators confirmed that two of those wrecks involved alcohol. v