Take holiday safety seriously, the UW-P police are
As the holiday season approaches, social functions with family and friends fill everyone's calendar. Every year, decisions made at these events have the potential to lead to a devastating time for families and communities.
To keep the upcoming holiday season from becoming a time of tragedy, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Police Department is participating in the "Booze and Belts" traffic safety campaign. Dec. 7 to Dec. 16, 2012, officers across the stateincluding the campus policewill patrol in greater numbers and longer hours to arrest impaired drivers and to enforce the safety belt law.
Last year, alcohol-related crashes killed 225 people in Wisconsin and injured more than 3,000. Consistent safety belt use is the single most effective way to prevent people from being ejected from a vehicle or thrown violently inside it during a crash.
The traffic campaign is working to save lives, and prevent injuries; not to write more safety belt tickets or make more drunken driving arrests. Law enforcement agencies hope everyone voluntarily decides to buckle up, drive sober, and be responsible during these festive times. If they choose not to, the extra law enforcement presence will increase the chance of getting caught.Please, buckle up and act responsible during the holiday season; help law enforcement reach their ultimate goal of zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin.