To enhance public safety and deter impaired driving, hundreds of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies will patrol in greater numbers for longer hours during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that began today, Aug. 16, and continues through Labor Day, Sept. 2.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation uses federal money to support the stepped-up law enforcement efforts, public education and outreach on the dangers of impaired driving.
“As we approach the last major holiday of the summer season, we’re asking for the cooperation of all motorists to help us prevent needless tragedies along our roadways by being safe, alert and responsible every time they travel,” WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said.
Last year in Wisconsin, alcohol-related crashes resulted in 159 deaths and nearly 3,300 injuries, according to the Wisconsin DOT. Also in 2018, there were 24,624 OWI convictions in Wisconsin.
Residents can help. Here’s how:
- If you plan to celebrate, identify a sober designated driver. Never allow someone else to get behind the wheel impaired.
- If you see a driver that you suspect is impaired, call 911. Be prepared to provide as much detail as possible about the driver, vehicle and location.
- Download the free Drive Sober mobile app from the WisDOT website. Among its functions, the app includes a “find a ride” feature to help locate transportation alternatives. Since its launch on Labor Day of 2013, more than 73,850 people have accessed the app.
- Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons a safe ride home. Visit www.tlw.org/ and click on “Safe Ride.”