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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 taking part in the state-wide traffic safety Drive Sober campaign from Dec. 15 to Jan 1. UW-Parkside police officers as well as officers all across the state will be patrolling in greater numbers, for longer hours, to keep impaired drivers off the road and to enforce the safety-belt law.
In 2017, 143 people died and 3,000 were injured in alcohol related crashes on Wisconsin roads. There were over 24,700 convictions for drunken driving in Wisconsin last year. Drunken driving is 100 percent preventable but persists as drivers make dangerous decisions after drinking and getting behind the wheel impaired.
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 this fun and festive time.
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, or arrange for a ride home.