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Michigan’s Crackdown On Drunk Driving

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Michigan is aiming for zero drunk driving. Yes, the authorities are aiming to arrest no one for DUI by using a QR Code. The crackdown started with a state-initiated campaign in the form of QR Code coasters which will be placed in the more than five hundred bars and clubs in and around the downtown bar and restaurant area. Instead of arresting drunk drivers, it would be a better idea to make numbers to taxi and cab companies easily available to the party-goers instead.

The establishments are also encouraged to watch out for patrons who have had a little bit too much…which, frankly speaking, is quite a heavy burden for the owners and managers of large clubs.

The Oakland Express reported that with almost everyone now owning, or at least knowing someone who owns one, a smart phone, it is now easier to aim for zero deaths, arrests, crashes or even injuries. The aim may seem more than a little unrealistic but when it comes to traffic accidents, aiming high is good. Even if, at the end of the day, what they achieve if off-mark, we hope that it is not too much off the mark.

At these establishments, party goers who have had too much to drink no longer have to search high and low for a cab company’s phone number, nor do they have to wave a taxi down from the street. Pick up the smart phone, scan the code on the coaster and they will instantly get a string of numbers to cab companies.

Starting April 2nd, 2012, highly trained police men are going on a hunt for irresponsible drivers, it was reported. Over the next few weeks thereafter, they will also be on patrol, hoping to keep the number of deaths and accidents low in the city.

Approximately forty percent of those who were arrested or were involved in traffic accidents because they were under the influence are men between the ages of twenty one and thirty four. The authorities also believed that the people who are within this demographic are clearly ambitious, tech-savvy ones and they hope that they will make use of the QR code found on the coaster.

There was some discouraging feedback from the experts because in the state of Michigan, but despite that, I think it is a tremendously ambitious and bold step for the authorities. Even if the QR Code, in the end, have no real effect on drunk driving, at the very least, the coasters are reinforcing the idea of taking the cab home once you have had one too many.

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