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Michigan State Police sends warning on drunk driving during holidays

Alpena, Mich. – Michigan State Police will be on the lookout for anyone driving under the influence, especially during the holiday season.

Local officers are warning residents to think twice before drinking a shot and starting the car. Research shows New Year’s Day and Christmas Eve ranked 1 and 2  for most involved drunk driving incidents in 2016.

Officers say your best bet is to call a taxi or plan for a designated driver if you intend to drink. Trooper Justin Clark says, “I’ve been on for about four years, and each and ever year the increase of traffic crashes and fatalities have gone up. We’re going to have extra cars for extra enforcement on OWI and OUID drivers.”

OWI stands for operating while intoxicated, and OUID stands for operating under the influence of drugs.