By KAREN HOPPER USHER
Capital News Service
LANSING — Only Montana’s drunken driving laws are worse than Michigan’s, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The group recently rated all states, giving Michigan just one star out of five and Montana half of one star. Idaho, Iowa, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Wyoming were tied for third-worst, with one-and-half stars each. No state earned five stars. Michigan is the only one-star state.
Lansing police officers and residents alike said that they are pleased with the safety of St. Patrick’s Day in Lansing, this year in particular. Lansing Police Department Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said that after glancing at the arrest log, he didn’t think the number was over 10 arrests for this St. Patrick’s Day. “We really didn’t have any spike in arrests for drunk driving or impaired people.”
In preparation for the sometimes raucous holiday’s festivities, the Lansing Police Department issued safety tips for the community. According to the press release, Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski said he wanted to ensure that the safety of both those who wanted to celebrate and those who didn’t was the top priority. “Lansing Police’s priority is the publics’ safety, so please be responsible as you celebrate,” Yankowski said in the release. Tips included:
Designate a sober driver before a party begins,
Pace alcohol consumption and
Call a cab or use public transportation if you drink.