UMPD to participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign

In an effort to keep the U-M community safe and raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving, the University of Michigan Police Department (UMPD) will be participating in an enhanced enforcement campaign Dec. 18-Jan. 1. The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign seeks to protect lives by discouraging impaired driving and increasing law enforcement visibility during the high-risk holiday season.

“This campaign is an important opportunity to educate our community about the dangers of impaired driving,” said UMPD Chief Neumann. “Impaired driving fatalities are 100% preventable, and we hope that participating in this campaign will not only save lives but also make people think twice about driving under the influence.”

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher; however, officers can arrest drivers at any blood alcohol content (BAC) level if they are believed to be impaired. It is also illegal to drive while impaired by controlled substances, including marijuana.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests planning ahead by “designating a sober driver, or planning to use public transportation or a ride-hailing service, and encouraging your friends to do the same.”
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