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During the holiday season, social gatherings with family and friends appear on everyone's calendar. Each year, however, the good times at these events have the potential to become devastating times for families and communities.
To help keep the upcoming holiday season safe on our roadways, officers from the UW Parkside Police and Public Safety Department are part of the statewide traffic safety "Drive Sober" campaign from Dec. 15 to Jan 1.
UW-Parkside police officers and officers across the state will be patrolling in greater numbers, and for longer hours, to keep impaired drivers off the road and to enforce the safety-belt law.
Last year in Wisconsin, 190 people were killed and nearly 2,900 injured in alcohol-related crashes. There were nearly 24,000 convictions for drunken driving in Wisconsin last year. On average someone is killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash in Wisconsin every three hours.
The Drive Sober campaign and other traffic safety campaigns are working to save lives, and prevent injuries. Our hope this holiday season is that everyone buckles up, drives sober, and acts responsibly during the fun and festive times.
For those who choose not to, extra law enforcement means a greater chance of getting caught. Please buckle up and act responsibly during the holiday season; help UW-Parkside law enforcement officers and their colleagues across the state reach their ultimate goal of zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin. Choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking.