Zero In Wisconsin: Booze and Belts Mobilization
As the holiday season approaches social functions with family and friends appear on everyone's calendar. Every year, actions taken at these events have the potential to lead to devastating accidents for families and communities.
To keep the upcoming holiday season from becoming a time of tragedy, the UW-Parkside Police Department will be participating in the "Booze and Belts Mobilization" traffic safety campaign from December 13 to December 21, 2013. Officers across the state will be patrolling in greater numbers, and for longer hours to arrest impaired drivers and to enforce the safety belt law.
Last year, alcohol-related crashes killed 223 people in Wisconsin and injured nearly 3,000. Consistent safety belt use is the single most effective way to prevent people from being ejected from or thrown violently inside a vehicle during a crash. One in five motorists in Wisconsin does not buckle up, with as many as 105,000 convictions last year for wearing a safety belt your safety and time are not worth the risk.
The traffic campaign is working to save lives, and prevent injuries; not to write more safety belt tickets or make more drunken driving arrests. We hope that everyone will voluntarily decide to buckle up, drive sober, and be responsible during this holiday season. If they choose not to, the extra law enforcement presence will increase the chance of getting caught. Please buckle up and act responsibly to help law enforcement reach their ultimate goal of zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin.