More than how much a driver has had to drink or the courtroom skills of his or her lawyer, what most decides the punishment a driver gets for drunken driving in metro Detroit is where he or she gets busted.
Check out this Detroit Free Press story about the differences in sentencing for drunken driving in the Detroit metro area. Some judges give jail time for first offenders, while many don't. It seems to depend on where the driver is caught.
In your area, does it seem like drunken driving gets less media attention than in the past?
In the past, it seems like it dominated news stories. Is this a function of less local news coverage? Is drunken driving decreasing in Michigan and other states or just receiving less attention from news media?