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Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:26

Law Enforcement cracking down on drunk drivers through April 7

(AREA) -- St. Patrick's Day revelers are being urged to catch a sober ride with a designated driver, bus or taxi to avoid a drunk driving arrest. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with 25 other counties to combat drunk driving through April 7. Deputies and other law enforcement officers are conducting extra patrols to arrest impaired drivers during a time period that includes the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, high school and college spring break periods and St. Patrick's Day. A five-year review of crash data by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning indicates both alcohol use and lack of seat belt use play a significant role in fatal and serious injury crashes in March and early April. Last year, 2,271 people were arrested in Michigan for drunk driving during the NCAA tournament time period.  Extra patrols are planned in St. Clair County by the Sheriff's Office and Port Huron, Marysville and St. Clair Police Departments.