MARQUETTE - With many holiday travelers on the road for the upcoming New Year's Eve festivities, motorists should be aware that law enforcement will be out on patrol with drunk drivers as their target.
Michigan State Police will be working overtime on a grant-funded initiative, specifically looking for drivers who are over the limit.
"Our largest concern is safety on the highways," Michigan State Police Sgt. Kevin Dowling said. "We will focus on hazardous driving, impaired driving, speed, use of seatbelts. All those things that we typically focus on during the holiday season when there is an increased number of motorists on the road."
Dowling said there are many things to take into consideration while driving. These include paying attention to the road conditions, identifying a designated driver or making arrangements to stay with someone if you are unable to drive. He added that one of the biggest things during this time of the year is slowing down.
"It's simple, but it's a big one," he said. "Slowing down on icy roads is going to increase the likelihood that you'll make it to your destination safely."
Dowling said while the chances are higher at this time of year to see more drunk drivers on the road, he hopes that their law enforcement efforts and education efforts over past years have had a positive impact on motorists responsibility and behavior.
Dowling emphasized that there is zero tolerance for drunk drivers and those pulled over will face many consequences including losing driving privileges for a period of time, facing criminal charges, fines and possible jail time.
"If we (police) become your designated driver, your designation won't be home," he said.
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