Police paying special attention to drunk drivers

Four Upper Peninsula counties, including Marquette, are among 26 statewide to participate in crackdown on drunk drivers this week.

Starting Monday night and running through Sunday, police departments in Michigan will be involved with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over effort.

The special focus this week, of course, is the Fourth of July holiday. The Michigan State Police and many other agencies are involved in the program.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says the crackdown includes law enforcement officers from 156 agencies and is paid for by federal funds.

As a practical matter, what this means is additional police on the road, watching out for drunk drivers.

In addition to Marquette, the other U.P. counties involved in the effort include Chippewa, Delta and Houghton.

Statewide, the counties participating include Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Eaton, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Ogemaw, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne.

So, if you plan to drink and drive this week and think you’ll get away with it, think again. The officers involved with Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over will find and arrest you.