Drunken driving: Chat with Ann Arbor, East Lansing police about DUI arrests at noon
Ryan J. Stanton | AnnArbor.com
Of particular interest is the disparity between the number of DUI arrests in the state's two Big Ten college towns. East Lansing police arrested 620 drunken-driving suspects in 2011; Ann Arbor arrested 101 such suspects.
Do the departments have different priorities when it comes to DUI enforcement? How do their tactics differ? And why are DUI arrests on the decline overall? MLive's analysis of Michigan State Police records found that statewide, arrests for driving while intoxicated fell to 37,536 in 2011, down nearly 30 percent from 2006.
Ann Arbor Deputy Chief Greg Bazick and East Lansing Police Officer Travis Bove will join us to discuss these issues Wed., Sept. 12 from noon - 1 p.m. in a live chat on this page. Bove arrested 111 drunk driving suspects in 2011 — more than the entire Ann Arbor police force during the same year.
Here are a handful of questions posted by readers that we'll address:
- Do police need "probable cause" to make a traffic stop? Could you pull someone over based on nothing more than the fact that they just left a bar?
- Many people can drive with a BAC of .10 or below without any greater risk of endangering others than a whole host of other legal behaviors. Do people who register a .08 generally seem impaired?
- In the police departments where the drunk driving arrests have gone down, is there anything that suggests that other categories of calls have increased?
- Is this a personnel/manhour thing, or a matter of priorities?
- Are there fewer DUI arrests because of fewer officers that resulted from budget cuts, or are there fewer DUI arrests because people are drinking and driving less because because they can't afford it because of job loss, cost of living increase including higher gas prices, etc.?
What questions do you have on the topic of DUI enforcement in Michigan? Post them in the comments section below, and join us at noon to chat with Bove and Bazick.