Law enforcement will focus on impaired driving on Labor Day
Reinforced patrols begin this week to prevent tragedies caused by impaired driving on our roads.
Wisconsin State Patrol officers and law enforcement agencies across the state will work together to arrest impaired drivers throughout the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
This critical app partnership begins Wednesday, August 17 and runs through Labor Day; a time when many travel for the end of summer celebrations. All available State Patrol Troopers and Detectives will enhance enforcement of impaired driving offenses during the campaign.
“Our goal of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is to eliminate the dangers of drunk driving and work toward the goal of zero fatalities on Wisconsin roads,” the patrol superintendent said. of State, Tim Carnahan. “Impaired driving is a significant risk to public health, it’s a risk to public safety and it’s a risk to the entire transportation system.
Every two hours, someone is injured or killed in an impaired driving accident in Wisconsin. Last year, alcohol-related crashes killed 166 people and 74 died in crashes involving drugs.
Throughout the year and during the campaign, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation aims to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving by educating the community on the importance of planning for a safe ride home. Wisconsin State Patrol Law of August focuses on the Drive Sober message.
Special training for the application of sober driving
Wisconsin has some of the top drug recognition experts in the country. WisDOT operates the DRE program, certifying agents statewide. Wisconsin State Patrol has 14 DREs that can identify the effects of different types of drugs.
In addition, more than 6,300 Wisconsin officers are trained in advanced roadside impaired driving enforcement. ARIDE training helps officers better identify signs of drug and alcohol impairment in drivers and make an informed decision on whether to stop.
“Apprehending drunk drivers is one of our biggest and most important law enforcement goals because so many people are killed and injured each year,” Superintendent Carnahan said. “Every day, our soldiers and inspectors are on the lookout for impaired drivers, even during routine traffic checks.”
Plan ahead to travel safely
- If you plan to celebrate, identify a sober designated driver or find another safe way to get home. Never let an intoxicated person drive.
- Protect yourself and your passengers every time you travel. Buckle up, phone. Watch your speed and eliminate distractions.
- If you suspect a driver is impaired, pull over and call 911. Provide as much detail as possible about the driver, vehicle, and location.
- Download the free Drive Sober mobile app from WisDOT website. The app includes a “find a ride” feature to help locate transit and taxi services.
- Some bars and restaurants have programs to offer customers a safe return home.