Many residents of Michigan are no doubt aware of the law change that went into effect nearly a year and a half ago. Known as the "super drunk driving" law, the legislation includes increased penalties for drivers who are convicted of drunk driving and have a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit.
As we have written about on this blog, former Miss USA Rima Fakih was arrested in December in Highland Park, Michigan, on suspicion of drunk driving. Fakih has now pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of driving while visibly impaired so that she could end the case. She could receive a sentence as stiff as 93 days in jail. However, her attorney says he expects her to receive probation instead. She will be sentenced on May 9.
People in Michigan who are facing drunk driving charges face serious penalties even if they are pulled over by police without incident. When other vehicles and people are involved, however, the allegations become even more severe. A one-car crash last weekend in Concord Township, Michigan, left several people -- including a man now charged with drunk driving -- injured.
A Lansing man hit a boy running to meet an ice cream truck around 7:45 p.m. on March 19, 2011 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The investigation revealed that the Lansing driver was under the influence of alcohol, making this his third drunk driving offense. At this time, the child appears to have non-life threatening injuries.