DETROIT - The Fourth of July is here and police are cracking down on dangerous driving.
Wayne County sheriff's deputies are joining other police agencies across Michigan by increasing patrols for drunken drivers over the July 4 holiday period.
The stepped up patrols are in effect and will run into Sunday. They are funded by a federal grant through the state Office of Highway Safety Planning.
Michigan law enforcement officers made more than 3,700 traffic stops and arrested 126 suspected drunken drivers last year during the Fourth of July period crackdown. It included 23 arrests under the state's high blood-alcohol content law.
Officers in 26 counties took part in the crackdown. A similar effort in 2011 involved officers in 35 counties and resulted in 218 drunken driving arrests.
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