By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers
RIVERIVEW – Authorities have beefed up road patrols searching for drunken drivers.
Police Chief Clifford Rosebohm said extra patrols will be on the road in the city as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over state grant. The program runs through April 6.
He said other agencies across the state received the grant, so it won’t just be Downriver that drunken drivers have to fear.
“No matter where you travel, officers will help protect you and your family by getting drunk drivers off the road,” Rosebohm said.
Resident Abby Tomae is glad the city is adding patrols.
“When the weather gets warmer, people seem to take more risks,” Tomae said, “especially driving faster.”
Tomae said she’s had to ask her friends not to drive after drinking too much.
“They always say they are fine, but, I refuse to get in the car with them,” she said.
Tomae doesn’t drive, so she can’t offer to be a designated driver.
“For the most part, people drink responsibly,” she said. “But I will feel safer walking with extra patrols as it gets warm, especially, when people are drunk they don’t just drive on the road. Sometimes they take the sidewalks, too.”
Rosebohm said he is excited to get the grant and will put it to the best use possible.
(Tereasa Nims can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)