Officers cracking down on drunken driving in Washtenaw County, University of Michigan campus

Seat belt enforcement also stepped up

Drunken driving enforcement will be stepped up in Washtenaw County as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Officers from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsfield Township Police Department, and the University of Michigan Police Department are stepping up drunken driving patrols from now until Sept. 4.

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As part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, there will be a crackdown on drunken drivers and drivers not using seat belts.

According to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, 450 drunken or drugged drivers were arrested during the enforcement period of Aug. 18-Sept. 15. and 4,610 citations were issued for seat belt and child car seat violations.

In 2016 there were 271 alcohol-involved traffic fatalities and 32,610 drunken driving arrests, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger to use a seat belt. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 or 4 feet 9 inches tall. Children under 4 must sit in the back seat.

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