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University of Wisconsin-Parkside Police and Public Safety officers will be out in force along with other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin and the rest of the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunken drivers from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were more than 24,211 convictions for drunken driving last year. There were 161 fatalities last year in alcohol related crashes and 3,034 injuries in Wisconsin. Efforts to combat drunken driving in Wisconsin through effective enforcement and education are showing positive results though as deaths related to alcohol involved crashes decreased from the previous 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. If you see a driver that you suspect is impaired, call 911 and provide as much detail as can regarding the driver, the vehicle, and specific location.
The message during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign and throughout the year is simple: If you’re driving while impaired, you will be arrested. The devastating consequences of a drunken driving arrest include major embarrassment, expenses costing up to $10,000.00, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on all 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.
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, it’s likely that you are over the 0.08 blood- or breath-alcohol limit and should not drive, find another way home such as public transportation, a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home.