Ann Arbor authorities planned increase in DUI checks over weekend

Some of our Ann Arbor readers probably know that the police have developed a number of strategies to combat driving while intoxicated over the years. Despite public awareness campaigns and increasingly harsh laws for drunk driving - including Michigan's Super Drunk law - drinking and driving is still a major concern for public safety officials. However, whenever the authorities see a chance to show they are there to stop this problem, they will usually take it.Many readers may recall posts here around the holiday season, which detailed police efforts to set up checkpoints and increase DUI patrols during that period of the year when it seems more people are prone to drink and drive. It didn't take long for the police to see another opportunity, as a recent article described the intention to increase patrols over the weekend of the NFL Super Bowl.How many people watch the Super Bowl? The answer is usually over 100 million every year. The NFL and the Super Bowl have become so popular that the number usually sets a record every year, although this year there was a slight decrease in viewers. Nonetheless, the police had a plan to be out in force, with several area departments set to team up to increase enforcement of the DUI laws.Hopefully our readers watched the Super Bowl and enjoyed it with no trouble. However, there may be some who got an up-close-and-personal view of the increase in DUI patrols over the weekend. Anyone who finds themselves in this position should be in the beginning stages of developing a criminal defense strategy. Waiting could be a costly mistake, and could lead to a life-altering conviction.Source: Ann Arbor.com, "Police to step up drunken-driving patrols in Ann Arbor area for Super Bowl weekend," Kyle Feldscher, Feb. 1, 2013
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