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Police agencies will begin beefing up drunk driving patrols this weekend through Labor Day


LANSING (WKZO) -- Labor Day is still two weeks away but the Michigan Office of Highway Safety planning won’t wait until then to start paying local police agencies overtime to curb drunk driving.

Spokesperson Ann Readett says the drunks don’t wait, why should they?

She says the last few weeks of summer are the worst time of the year for drunk driving fatalities, not just the holiday weekend.

The campaign begins Friday and runs through September 2nd.

Over 150 police agencies in the most populous counties in the state have signed up for the federal money that will put more patrols on the beat. The directed patrols will focus on streets where they have statistically had the most drunk driving accidents and citations issued.  

As a promotional gimmick this time, the Novi Police department has customized a squad car so that half of it looks like a police cruiser and the other half looks like a taxi cab.

The message? If you drink too much, you can pick your ride, either the taxi which will get you home, or the squad car, which won’t.