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Stepped-up patrols target drunken drivers in Michigan around Fourth of July holiday


STERLING HEIGHTS, Michigan — Stepped-up patrols targeting drunken drivers are planned this month around the Fourth of July holiday, so residents are encouraged to be available to serve as a designated driver, officials said Wednesday.

A movie-themed effort highlighting the importance of designated drivers is called "Who's Your D.D.?" and features movie-style posters. In a statement, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning said "you don't need a cape or superpowers to be a superhero."

Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff's offices and the Michigan State Police will conduct increased drunken driving enforcement in all 83 Michigan counties during the crackdown, which runs through July 12.

"Our publicity efforts are designed to forewarn the public that additional patrols will be out in force, and they should make alternate arrangements for transportation when drinking," said Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning director.

During last year's Fourth of July crackdown, the state says 236 motorists were arrested for drunken driving as a result of extra patrols.



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