UW-Parkside Police join “Drive Sober” campaign
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Police will be out in force during the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunken drivers. Our campus police have joined law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin and the nation for this all out push to save lives from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3, which includes Labor Day weekend.
"Our message during the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign--and throughout the year--is simple: if you're driving while impaired, we will arrest you," said UW-Parkside Police Chief Jim Heller. "The devastating consequences of a drunken driving arrest include major embarrassment, expensive penalties, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on all of your vehicles, and, possibly, jail time. Driving drunk will be a decision you'll regret the rest of your life, if you are lucky enough to live."
Drunken driving continues to be a prevalent, persistent, and deadly problem in Wisconsin. Last year, 225 people were killed and nearly 3,000 injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes in the state. There were more than 35,000 convictions for drunken driving in Wisconsin last year.
Drunken driving is entirely preventable. If we can deter people from getting behind the wheel when they're not sober, we will make progress toward the goal of reaching zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin.Instead of risking an arrest and possibly a violent crash, we urge everyone to make responsible decisions. Choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking. If you're feeling "buzzed," you likely are over the 0.08 limit and should not drive. Find another way home such as public transportation, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.