Since the “Super Drunk” laws went into effect more than 17 months ago, an average of six drivers a day have been convicted under the statute, reports the Detroit News. Almost 3,000 “Super Drunks,” drivers with blood-alcohol counts double the legal limit of 0.08, have been taken off the road with the help of stiffer penalties, double jail time for first offenders and up to a one-year suspension of driving privileges.
Officials say people with levels of 0.20 or into .30 are in danger of blacking out and could require hospitalization. The situation is considered so dangerous that the policy at some police agencies, such as the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, requires a hospital emergency room clearance of anyone arrested who has a blood-alcohol count of 0.30 or higher. Some abusers can somehow function — at reduced ability — well into the 0.30s.