A recent study showed that Michigan had a total of 246 drunk driving accidents that resulted in death. This statistic proved that drunk driving was the number one cause of car accident deaths that year. State legislature chose to take action against this epidemic and came of with the “Michigan Super Drunk Law”. They hoped that by enforcing this law people will think twice about driving drunk.
The “Michigan Super Drunk Law” will apply to any first time offenders who operate a motor vehicle with a BAC or blood alcohol content of .17 percent or higher. Offenders that already have a previous conviction will be subject to much harsher penalties. People continuously underestimate the effect of a high BAC, yet the victims of these accidents are the ones who suffer the most. The laws main objective is to hold the drivers more responsible for their life threatening actions.
The penalties are almost most double the traditional DUI penalties of operating a vehicle with a BAC over .08.The maximum jail time doubles from 93 days, to 180 and days and driver license suspension times increases as well. The restricted driving will triple from 130 days all the way to a maximum 320 days, and no driving at all for up to 45 days. The normal fines are $100-$500 where the super drunk law increases them from $200-$700. The penalties of the “Michigan Super Drunk Law” are intended to be financially, emotionally and professionally expensive. But it is important for everyone to understand none of these are equivalent to the value of someone’s life.
The “Michigan Super Drunk Law” will not only affect your life immediately, but also long term. Immediately you will have a conviction and be branded a drunk driver. In the long-term you will have a more difficult time finding work. It will be nearly impossible to be hired for a position that requires any driving. This offense will also brand you as being a serious offender so if you break any laws in the future, you this conviction will always be held against you. The worst punishment of all is you knowing you may have ended someone’s life simply by making one bad decision.
Some people may argue that this law is too harsh and even somewhat oppressive. But I am sure you would here a different opinion from one of the family members of over 11,000 victims of auto accident deaths. The “Michigan Super Drunk Law” maybe a little extreme but so is the carelessness by too many individuals.