Local, county and state law enforcement officials say they're stepping up patrols to catch drunken drivers during a period that includes St. Patrick's Day, the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments and spring break.
The Michigan State Police said this week that officers from 144 agencies in 26 counties are part of the crackdown that runs through April 7. The effort is coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and receives federal traffic safety funds.
Law enforcement is working with mass transit systems in Lansing and Grand Rapids. A release says buses will feature signs that encourage people to "catch a sober ride."
The stepped-up enforcements are planned from Berrien County in the southwestern corner of the Lower Peninsula to Chippewa County in the eastern Upper Peninsula.