officers from 545 law-enforcement agencies in Michigan head out
for patrol June 27-July 13 during the national “You Drink &
Drive: You Lose” mobilization, they won't be alone.
will be joined by more than 900 truckers from five Michigan companies
who will help identify possible drunken drivers.
Col. Peter Munoz, commander of the Michigan State Police Uniform
Services Bureau, introduced the initiative June 26 at a news conference
at the Michigan State Police Metro North Post.
from the following five companies are participating: Central Transport,
a general commodities trucking company in Warren; E&L Transport,
a car hauler based in Wayne; Meijer Inc., the No. 1 Midwest promotional
supercenter, based in Grand Rapids; Sara Lee Taystee Bakery Group
from its plant in Marquette; and Spartan Stores, a grocery/drugstore
retailer and wholesale distributor based in Grand Rapids.
who spot suspected drunken drivers will call 9-1-1 to provide a
vehicle description, license plate number, location and direction
of travel as well as the driving behavior. Dispatchers will notify
officers, based on their availability and proximity to the location.
the help of these companies and their drivers, we're putting drunk
drivers on notice," Munoz said. "We encourage people
who know they will be drinking to designate a sober driver or call
a cab rather than risk spending the night in jail."