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Dearborn 2012 DUI Stats (And How Many Drinks Will Get You Busted)

If you insist on driving after a few drinks, here's what you should know about how alcohol affects your system and your criminal record.

Do you know how many drinks you can have before you're in danger of getting a drunken driving violation?

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad confirmed that the department will have officers out on patrol looking for signs of drunk driving throughout the holiday season.

And if you're driving after a few too many and get caught?

“We will continue to work with our community partners on traffic safety issues and prosecute drunk drivers to the fullest extent of the law," Haddad said.

When police pull drivers over for suspected drunken driving, officers ask them to perform field sobriety tests and to take a breath test to measure Blood Alcohol Content. A BAC test measures the percentage of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream.

Michigan's legal limit is 0.08.

According to the Virginia Tech Alcohol Abuse Prevention website, every 40 minutes, 0.01 percent of alcohol leaves your system. Take a look at the attached charts to see how many is too many to get behind the wheel, based on your gender, height and weight.

Dearborn's 2012 Operating While Intoxicated Stats

  • As of Dec. 19, 2012, there have been 369 OWI arrests in Dearborn
  • Of those, 230 OWI arrests have been related to accidents
  • OWIs caused nearly 10 percent of all accidents in Dearborn in 2012
  • Serious injury was an outcome of OWI accidents 17 percent of the time
Lee Jacobsen December 21, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Obama wants us to be more 'European'. Don't think so, for the most part.. However.... Finally, something we can agree on with repect to drunk driving. Adapt the tougher European standards. That means a .02 or .03 level compared to Michigan's .08 level. The Europeans drink like fish. They get plastered. However, almost none get DUIs. How do they do it? Super lawyers? Nope! They have great taxi services, and almost everyone goes home in a taxi. With tougher laws, essentially saying one drink is breaking the law, a little preplanning would be needed for hitting the bars, and new taxi companies would blossom as a result. Hey, it works in Europe, it can work here.....unless you get the limo that carried a few Red Wings a few years back.....

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