drunk driving

FORSYTH TOWNSHIP, MI--   Three people were injured in a rollover crash in Forsyth Township Saturday. 

Officers were patrolling M-35 near County Road 456 in Little Lake around 5 a.m. when they saw a westbound vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle left the roadway, went airborne, and rolled multiple times, landing on its wheels.

Officers removed a male driver and two female passengers from the vehicle. They determined the driver—Tylor Howard, 25—had been operating under the influence.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation moving forward in Michigan's Legislature would continue the state's 0.08 blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving until 2023. 

The limit is set to return to 0.10 in 2018, putting federal funding at risk unless lawmakers act.

Legislators first moved to the 0.08 blood-alcohol level in 2003 but have twice put a sunset provision in the law so the issue is revisited.

The House approved the bills 106-1 Tuesday. The legislation next goes to the Senate for consideration.

CLINTON COUNTY, MI--   State Representative John Kivela has been arrested a second time for drunken driving. 

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office says the Marquette Democrat was arrested around 4 p.m. Monday near Lansing for operating under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .17 or more. That level is punishable under Michigan’s “Super Drunk” laws.

A judge ordered a $300 bond for Kivela. He remains jailed at this time. Arraignment is set for Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Clinton County District Court.

ST. JOSEPH, MI--   State Representative John Kivela has been sentenced on a drunk driving charge. 

The Marquette Democrat was stopped by police near Lansing November 9. Clinton County officials say his blood-alcohol level was about three times the legal limit. 

Kivela pleaded guilty last month to operating while intoxicated.  WLUC-TV reports he was given 12 months of probation and fined around $1,500. 

Kivela has admitted he struggles with alcoholism and is seeking treatment.  

CLINTON COUNTY, MI (AP)--   A Marquette lawmaker has pleaded guilty to drunken driving stemming from an incident in which authorities say he was speeding, swerving and driving with an open bottle of whiskey.  

Democratic Representative John Kivela made the plea to a first-offense charge Friday in Clinton County court. Prosecutors dropped a more serious charge of operating while intoxicated with a high-blood-alcohol content.

Police say Kivela’s blood-alcohol level was about three times the legal limit after a sheriff's deputy stopped him November 9 near Lansing.

Extra patrols slated for Independence Day holiday

Jul 1, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Stepped-up patrols targeting drunken drivers are taking place in Michigan around the Fourth of July holiday. 

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says the patrols start Wednesday. An event to publicize the effort is planned at AMC Forum 30 in Sterling Heights.

A movie-themed effort highlighting the importance of designated drivers is called "Who's Your D.D.?" and features posters and life-sized action figures.

Police on the lookout for impaired drivers

Aug 15, 2014

ROSEVILLE, MI (AP)--   Law enforcement officials in 40 Michigan counties are kicking off a new enforcement campaign aimed at curbing drunken driving. 

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign starts Friday and runs through Sept. 1, including the Labor Day weekend.

Law enforcement officers from 150 local police departments, sheriff offices and Michigan State Police posts will conduct stepped up drunk driving and seat belt enforcement.

LANSING, MI (AP)--  Law enforcement officials in Michigan are stepping up patrols aimed at stopping drunken drivers over the next two weeks. 

Police officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers around the state are working on the federally funded patrols.

The crackdown will involve nearly 150 agencies in 26 counties, including Chippewa, Delta, Houghton, and Marquette.

During last year's Fourth of July crackdown, the state says 115 motorists were arrested for drunken driving as a result of extra patrols.

Police will have their eyes on weekend travelers

May 23, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State Police and other law enforcers are offering a carrot and a stick for people to wear seat belts, drive with care and stay sober behind the wheel this Memorial Day holiday weekend. 

The carrot is increasing the safety of travel over the holiday that marks the unofficial start of the summer recreation season. The stick is the risk of getting an expensive ticket or a visit to jail for drunken driving or failure to follow traffic laws.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A downstate man is jailed, following a single-vehicle accident in Powell Township. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened Sunday around 1:55 p.m. on County Road KK.  Deputies say the 60-year-old Midland man was the only occupant of a vehicle that left the roadway and struck several trees. 

The driver was taken to Marquette General Hospital for treatment of his injuries, then released.  He’s currently lodged in the Marquette County Jail for operating while intoxicated.

Officials say the crash remains under investigation.