When young people develop a taste for alcohol, they are more apt to go in for binge drinking than for establishing any kind of regular drinking pattern. In fact, this is a very popular activity among teenagers and college students. The Surgeon General reported that while young people may not drink as often as older adults, they drink more heavily. Since adolescents tend to believe they are invincible, they may feel confident in their ability to operate a vehicle under the influence. However, if they manage to get behind the wheel after putting away several drinks, they become a danger to themselves and to other drivers.
The Repeat Offender laws in the State of Michigan are tough. They are designed either to keep repeat drunk drivers off the road altogether, or to ensure they stay sober behind the wheel. If you have been arrested for the second or even third time for driving under the influence, additional penalties are possible-and probable. For example, the court may require you to have an ignition interlock device.
A designated driver is defined as a person who will not drink alcohol in order to be able to drive members of a group home safely. Consequently, you may think that appointing a DD allows you to fully enjoy an upcoming social function without worrying about drinking a bit too much. However, a 2013 study of more than a thousand bar patrons, mostly college-age males, found that some designated drivers might be incapable of passing a sobriety test.
Effective September 22, 2016, the State of Michigan has approved a new pilot program that would enable law enforcement to conduct roadside tests in order to determine if a driver is under the influence of any controlled substances. This new pilot program will be established in five separate counties throughout the State and will last for one year before it is evaluated for effectiveness, and a decision as to whether or not to continue the program will be made. In order for a county to be eligible to participate in the pilot program they must have a law enforcement agency, such as a state police post, a sheriff's department, or municipal police department, where at least one officer who is a certified drug recognition expert is employed. A certified drug recognition expert is a person who is trained and able to identify if a person is under the influence of illicit drugs, in addition to alcohol. The county must also create a written policy and guidelines for the implementation of their procedure, after the state police have created their own administrative rules for the new program.
If you have been arrested for DUI/OWI in Michigan, the police may claim to have a strong case against you. You may even be tempted to plead guilty simply to put this matter behind you. This can be a grave mistake.