Michigan truckers to identify DUI suspects

| 6/27/2003

When 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.

They will be joined by more than 900 truckers from five Michigan companies who will help identify possible drunken drivers.

Lt. 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. 

Drivers 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.

Truckers 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.

"With 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."