Michigan’s Blood Alcohol Content limit has been .08 for many years. However one state Representative from Dearborn would like to change that. State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud has introduced a bill that would lower the BAC from .08 to .05, putting Michigan on a par with Utah, which is the only other state in the US with such a low BAC level.
In November of 2017, the Michigan State Police launched our first ever roadside drug testing pilot program in five counties around Michigan. For about a year and a half now, in Berrien, Delta, Kent, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties, officers have been able to conduct drug tests on drivers right there on the side the road, the same way you could be breath tested for alcohol. But the pilot has come to an end, the results have been analysed, and now all of Michigan is fair game for roadside drug tests.
Most months on the calendar serve multiple purposes when it comes to raising awareness for certain causes. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Cancer Society Month, and National Autism Awareness Month, to name but a few. However, as drunk and drugged driving defense attorneys, we figured our clients would be stopping by for info on one very specific thing – National Distracted Driving Awareness month. So here it is.
If you read the news, then you’ve probably seen half a dozen articles lately about people being arrested for driving drunk on lawn mowers, golf carts, and ATVs. It sounds strange, but it’s completely true – just because you aren’t behind the wheel of a car, or a truck, doesn’t mean you’re immune from possible drunk driving charges!
The law says ‘motorized vehicle,’ not car or truck!
When most people think about drunk driving, they tend to think of being pulled over in a car, or a truck, or even on a motorcycle. But the truth is, Michigan law doesn’t specify that the vehicle you get pulled over in has to be “average” or “whatever most people are driving these days.” The only description given is that it’s illegal to drive a ‘motorized vehicle’ under the influence of drugs or alcohol on any public roadway. That means roads in Lansing, Howell, Battle Creek, and every other place you could drive a vehicle in the Great Lakes state.
You can get pulled over by the cops and arrested for a DUI while driving:
A car, or truck
A motorcycle or an electric scooter
A commercial vehicle, like a semi-truck
A lawn mower
An ATV (‘All terrain vehicle’)
A golf cart
Stay home if you’re going to drink and drive… a lawn mower!
Michigan law might not spell out all the many types of motorized vehicles you can be pulled over in, but it does clearly say you can’t drive drunk on a ‘public roadway.’ That means, according to the Michigan Court of Appeals, anywhere that is “generally accessible” to other vehicles. A private driveway, by definition, is not considered to be generally accessible.
So if you want to drive your lawn mower around after you’ve had a few beers, be sure to stay home and drive it around in your own yard. Same goes for your ATV, your golf cart, and any other motorized vehicle that you own. Once you leave your own driveway, you’re fair game for the cops.
Drunk and drugged driving in Michigan are serious crimes.
Whether you live in Lansing or in Kalamazoo, in Holt or in Detroit, getting arrested for drunk driving is going to mean serious consequences. Between losing your license, forking over a ton of cash for fines and court costs, and spending time in jail, it’s no joke. That’s why you need help from the experienced DUI defense attorneys at The Kronzek Firm.
We’ve helped countless people over the decades with their drunk driving problems, from felony charges to lesser misdemeanors, and we can help you too. If you’re curious about our track record, you only have to spend a few minutes reading our reviews to see that we have a long list of very happy former clients. So if you’re facing jail time and the loss of your license for drunk driving, call 866 766 5245 (866 7No Jail) right now, and get help from the best.
We get this question a lot, because there’s actually a lot of misinformation out there on this subject. People think that because they have the right to refuse the test, that they’re making a good choice for their case, because the cops will have less evidence to take to court. In truth, that assumption is only half true (and it’s not the half you think it is!) In Michigan, you DO have the right to refuse to submit to the roadside test, but it’s NOT always a good thing for your case, and the cops aren’t necessarily going to end up with less evidence than they need. Confused? Don’t worry – we’ll break this down for you.
We use acronyms everyday without every really knowing what they stand for. (For example, did you know that LASER: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation?) Which brings us to the subject we wanted to talk to you about today – drunk driving acronyms. Do you know what they mean, and which ones are relevant? Can you tell the difference between a DUI, an OWI and a BUI? No? Well, that’s what we wanted to break down for you today.
This is a question we get asked a lot. People call The Kronzek Firm, scared because they’ve been arrested for a DUI, and they’re worried about their futures. Are they going to have to go to jail? How much is this going to cost them in fines? How many points will they get on their license (will they even get to keep their license?) And how long is this DUI going to stay on their record if they get convicted. So we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but the answer to that is: for the rest of your life.
Welcome back and thanks for joining us again for this discussion about distracted driving in Michigan, and how the stats stack up against drunk driving. If you read our previous article, then you already know that distracted drivers cause way more car crashes than drunk drivers every year, and the numbers are only getting bigger. You’ll also know that while drunk driving gets a lot of bed press (not that we think it shouldn’t), distracted driving doesn’t get the same negative treatment in the public eye, which is a curious thing. So, while we wait for Governor Whitmer to fix the damn roads, here we are.
Drunk driving gets a really bad rap. And no, we’re not trying to say that it’s okay to drive drunk, or that it’s not that bad to get behind the wheel after a few too many. That’s not the case at all. It’s dangerous and far too many people have lost their lives to drunk driving over the years. So in that respect, DUI really does deserve a bad rap. The point we’re trying to make here is simply that there are a LOT of groups and organizations dedicated to combating drunk driving, but too little energy gets devoted to combatting other, equally dangerous driving actions, like distracted driving.
If you’ve lived in Michigan for any length of time, then you know that most holidays in the Great Lakes state are synonymous with both celebrations and DUI crackdowns. That’s right – whether it’s the 4th of July, Christmas, New Years, or St. Patty’s Day – the cops are going to be out looking for people who’re operating while intoxicated. (They look for folks not wearing their seat belts as well, but the biggest offenders are usually drunk drivers.)
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