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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – State Police are reminding motorists to make the right call by designating a sober driver before kicking off their Super Bowl if the celebration includes alcohol.
Officials say those who choose to drive drunk after watching the big game on Sunday could face serious penalties as nearly 70 law enforcement agencies are participating in a drunk driving crackdown that starts today. Police in 20 counties will work extra enforcement targeting impaired drivers through Sunday night.
The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning is coordinating the effort which is supported by federal traffic safety funds.
Last year on Super Bowl Sunday, 166 people were arrested in Michigan for drunk driving, according to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center. This includes 52 drivers arrested for a blood alcohol content of .17 or higher under Michigan’s so-called Super Drunk Law.
Two people died in traffic crashes that day and both crashes involved alcohol.
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