It's scary, but true. In a focus group, conducted by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, many young men in Michigan referred to themselves as "professional" drunk drivers. They actually felt that they could drive better when drunk.

Participants in the focus group revealed strategies that they use to thwart law enforcement, including keeping both hands on the wheel, taking side streets, driving with the windows down, and not tailgating.

The new TV and radio campaign uses the 'professional' drunk drivers' own words to get the word out that law officers are specially trained to find and arrest drunk drivers. The 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign kicked off yesterday.

"Michigan law enforcement officers are experts at catching drunk drivers. They know all the tricks and have heard all the excuses," said Michael L. Prince, director of OHSP. "If you drive drunk, you will be arrested, so make the smart decision and find a safe and sober ride home."

In 2011, men were involved in about 80% of alcohol-related crashes. 40% of those men were under 35 years old.

[WNEM]