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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 11:09

More than 100 drunk drivers arrested during New Year's crackdown

(AREA) -- Law enforcement agencies in 22 counties arrested 103 drunk drivers during a drunk driving crackdown December 27 through January 1. Thirty drivers arrested for a blood alcohol content of .17 or higher under Michigan's High BAC Law. More than 100 law enforcement agencies participated in the crackdown, including officers from St. Clair County. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning coordinated the effort, which was supported by federal traffic safety funds. Officers also made 3,106 traffic stops, issued 18 seat belt and child restraint citations, 209 speeding tickets and 606 tickets for other traffic violations. Fifty fugitives were arrested and 156 uninsured motorists were cited. Preliminary reports indicate 12 people died in traffic crashes over the New Year's holiday in Michigan, according to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center. Half of the deaths involved alcohol and four of the victims were unbuckled. This is a decrease from last year's New Year's holiday period when 14 people were killed in traffic crashes and five of those crashes involved alcohol.