Barnett: New Year’s Eve efforts to curb drunk driving successful

January 2, 2019

The 2018 Drive Safe, Drive Sober campaign was a great success again this year, declared Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett.

“Despite the local weather conditions this New Year’s Eve was a great success,” Barnett stated in a press release. “Most people wisely chose to use the free transportation option or had a designated driver. This, coupled with Mason County law enforcement agencies enhancing efforts to discourage intoxicated driving, translated into a safer holiday.”

According to Barnett, there were 18 property damage traffic crashes around the county with no injuries. He stated there were three arrests for operating while intoxicated, and there was another for arrest that involved alcohol. No arrests occured for assault, warrant arrests or controlled substance arrests reported. There were eight traffic citations.

Barnett credited the combined efforts of Abrahamson’s Towing, Quinn’s Towing, Oceana Auto, Fier’s Towing & Recovery, Judy’s Rides and the Ludington Mass Transportation Authority. He reported 14 individuals had their vehicles towed for free, and 1,318 individuals were transported to and from their holiday destinations. Assisting in the law enforcement’s efforts were also Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Mason County, SADD, Ludington Beverage and several other local businesses.

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