2013-08-01 / Community

Police release July 4 figures

LANSING – Michigan law enforcement officers made 4,434 traffic stops and arrested 131 drunk drivers during the July Fourth “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown July 1-7. This included 25 arrests under the state’s high blood alcohol content law (.17 or higher), while an additional 45 motorists were arrested for drugrelated offenses.

Officers in 26 counties took part in the crackdown which was coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and funded by federal traffic safety dollars.

The grant-funded enforcement resulted in the apprehension of 110 fugitives. Officers also issued 137 seat belt and child seat violation tickets, 301 speeding tickets and 1,393 citations for other traffic violations.

Preliminary reports indicate 18 people were killed during this year’s July Fourth holiday period and alcohol was a factor in three of the crashes.

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