As you head out for last-minute shopping, holiday parties or a trip to grandmother’s house, you’ll want to practice safe driving.
Increased police patrols are in effect through January 2nd.
The Michigan State Police say it’s an effort to crack down on impaired drivers.
National alcohol–related fatalities are on the decline — they were down 5% last year in 2010 from two years ago.
But there were still 10,228 people nationwide who died in highway crashes last year involving a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher.
Police suggest planning ahead — if you’re going to be drinking, designate your sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
If you’re impaired, call a taxi, or have someone drive you home.
Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement, and always wear your seat belt.