dui http://michiganradio.org en Michigan law enforcement boosting drunken driving patrols http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-law-enforcement-boosting-drunken-driving-patrols <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Local, county and state law enforcement officials say they're stepping up patrols to catch drunken drivers during a period that includes St. Patrick's Day, the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments and spring break.<br /><br />The Michigan State Police said this week that officers from 144 agencies in 26 counties are part of the crackdown that runs through April 7. The effort is coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and receives federal traffic safety funds.<br /> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:04:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16863 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan law enforcement boosting drunken driving patrols Flint city councilman says he won't resign http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-councilman-says-he-wont-resign <p>Flint’s emergency manager is calling for the resignation of a city councilman who was arrested last weekend for driving under the influence.&nbsp; The councilman says he won’t resign.</p><p>Councilman <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/12/flint_city_leaders_ask_embattl.html#incart_river_default">Eric Mays </a>was arrested and charged with DUI and marijuana possession early last Saturday along I-475 in Flint.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:56:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 15577 at http://michiganradio.org Flint city councilman says he won't resign Flint city councilman jailed on drunken driving, drug charges http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-councilman-jailed-drunken-driving-drug-charges <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A Flint city councilman is being held in the city lockup on suspicion of drunken driving and drug possession.<br /><br />Police Chief James Tolbert tells The Flint Journal that Eric Bradford Mays was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana.<br /><br />Mays was arrested about 2:50 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 475 by police investigating a traffic accident. Police say Mays was trying to change a flat when officers arrived.<br /> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 00:07:12 +0000 The Associated Press 15492 at http://michiganradio.org Flint city councilman jailed on drunken driving, drug charges The difficulties of setting a legal limit for high driving in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/difficulties-setting-legal-limit-high-driving-michigan <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">On Tuesday, the <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/viewart/20130521/NEWS04/305210045/Michigan-driver-who-uses-medical-marijuana-wins-appeal">Michigan Supreme Court ruled</a> that medical marijuana patients are not automatically breaking the law if caught driving after using marijuana.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Passed in 2008 by Michigan voters, the state’s <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(mpmx3zeztwp3q5mf3pkjcx45))/documents/mcl/pdf/mcl-initiated-law-1-of-2008.pdf">Medical Marihuana Act</a> does prohibit patients from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of pot. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">But the law fails to explicitly say just how much THC, marijuana’s active ingredient, needs to be in the bloodstream for a user to be considered “under the influence.”</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Which is why the justices offered this piece of advice to lawmakers: Set a legal limit for pot consumption, just like the blood alcohol content metric for alcohol intoxication.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 15:45:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12702 at http://michiganradio.org The difficulties of setting a legal limit for high driving in Michigan Michigan lawmakers seek to drop BAC limit for boaters http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-seek-drop-bac-limit-boaters <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan boaters and snowmobilers would be held to the same drunken driving standards as drivers under legislation introduced in the state House.<br><br>The bipartisan package of bills was introduced by Republican Reps. Matt Lori of Constantine and Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs and Democratic Rep. Andrew Kandrevas of Southgate. The legislation would set the legal blood-alcohol limit for boat, snowmobile and off-road vehicle operators at 0.08 percent.<br> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:12:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11942 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers seek to drop BAC limit for boaters Blood-alcohol limit for drunk driving set to go up unless lawmakers act http://michiganradio.org/post/blood-alcohol-limit-drunk-driving-set-go-unless-lawmakers-act <p>The Michigan State Police, Michigan's Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and other groups are urging lawmakers to maintain the state's 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content drunk driving threshold.</p><p>As the law stands now, the threshold is set to increase to .10 percent on October 1 of this year.</p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28hgg1byy0l3y53n3mglzknhj3%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=mcl-257-625-amended&amp;query=on">In the current law</a>, <span id="frg_getmcldocument_MclContent">"operating while intoxicated" includes the following: </span></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:04:10 +0000 Mark Brush 11217 at http://michiganradio.org Blood-alcohol limit for drunk driving set to go up unless lawmakers act Michigan police: 8,050 citations in seat belt crackdown http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-police-8050-citations-seat-belt-crackdown <p>State police say an annual Michigan enforcement crackdown on motorists who fail to use seat belts and child safety seats led to 8,050 citations. That&#39;s down about 1,000 from 2011.<br /><br />This year&#39;s <a href="http://michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1593_3504_22774-11612--,00.html">Click It or Ticket</a> campaign ran from May 21 to June 1.<br /><br />State police say they have reports from law enforcement agencies in 26 counties. They say a preliminary count shows that officers stopped 14,761 vehicles during the crackdown.<br /><br />The state has reported a slight drop in the rate of seat belt law compliance, from a record-high 97.9 percent in 2009 to 94.5 percent in 2011.<br /><br />The enforcement effort led to a number of other citations, including 95 drunken driving arrests and 53 drug arrests. Thy also cited about 1,000 insurance violations and 535 suspended license violations.</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 20:08:50 +0000 The Associated Press 7958 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan police: 8,050 citations in seat belt crackdown Report: State lawmaker's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit after his DUI arrest http://michiganradio.org/post/report-state-lawmakers-blood-alcohol-level-was-over-legal-limit-after-his-dui-arrest <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) &mdash; Test results say state Rep. Bob Genetski&#39;s blood-alcohol level was at a point considered intoxicated under Michigan law about an hour and a half after his drunken driving arrest.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">MLive.com reports&nbsp; Genetski&#39;s blood-alcohol level was at Michigan&#39;s legal limit of 0.08 percent following the early Jan. 19 traffic stop in East Lansing. The news organization obtained the results of the court-ordered test following a Freedom of Information Act request.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Genetski&#39;s attorney, Mike Nichols, on Wednesday told The Associated Press he was restrained from commenting about the results of the test because they would be evidence.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The Saugatuck Republican was arrested after he refused to take a Breathalyzer test. He was ticketed and his drunken driving case is pending.</span> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:36:13 +0000 The Associated Press 6721 at http://michiganradio.org Report: State lawmaker's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit after his DUI arrest