COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Local law enforcement agencies across Branch County reported no serious injury traffic accidents since Wednesday night during the long Fourth of July holiday period. The targeted road patrols for holiday drunk drivers in Michigan ended last night, but State Police say the danger continues.
The Office of Highway Safety Planning keeps meticulous records of the state’s accidents and analyzes the causes and they have found that folks of course don’t confine their drinking to the 4th of July. In fact they say July and August are worst months for drunk driving. Spokesperson Lynn Sutfin says there are a couple of reasons. People are going to their cottages or to the beach, heading to their vacation destination and that adds more traffic to the roadways and then a lot of these holiday festivities are gatherings where people are drinking alcohol and you put the two together, and they just don’t mix. She says they will be focusing on seat belt enforcement during the Labor Day weekend.