GENESEE COUNTY – Go easy on the green beer today if planning to attend a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Law enforcement began a drunk driving crackdown on March 16 and will continue through April 4, according to a press release from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.
The federally-funded crackdown stems from a five-year review of crash data which indicated that alcohol and drug use as well as lack of seat belts play a significant role in fatal and serious injury crashes in March and early April. This period includes the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, high school and college spring break periods and St. Patrick’s Day.
As part of a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will conduct drunk driving patrols statewide.
The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning is promoting the spring drunk driving crackdown and unveiling a new drunk driving campaign about the consequences of drunk driving.
One of the featured speakers at a press conference held Tuesday was Ron Mayes, the father of Heather and Shannon Mayes of Saginaw Township who were killed by a drunk driver on Oct. 15, 2000. The sisters were featured last year in a I-75 anti-drunk driving billboard campaign.