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McCoy to participate in 
drunk-driving crackdown

(WISCONSIN STATE PATROL BUREAU, Sheboygan, Wis.) — The Fort McCoy Police Department is one of a number of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies that will participate in The "Drunk Driving — Over the Limit. Under Arrest." crackdown, which will run from Friday, Aug. 15-Monday, Sept. 1, Labor Day.

The campaign will combine high-visibility law enforcement with a federally funded media campaign to deter impaired driving.

Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunken driving in the nation, according to a nationwide study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released early this year. More than 26 percent of Wisconsin adults who were surveyed admitted that they had driven under the influence of alcohol in the previous year, according to the study.

Driving while impaired is not a victimless crime. Last year, alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin killed 337 people and injured 5,552. A person is killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash in Wisconsin approximately every 90 minutes, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol Bureau of Transportation Safety.

Instead of risking an arrest for impaired driving, the Fort McCoy Police Department offers the following suggestions:

• Choose a sober designated driver before you start to drink.

•  If you’re feeling "drunk or buzzed," you probably are over the 0.08 (alcohol concentration) limit and should not drive.

• Rather than drive while impaired, take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

• A number of taverns and/or restaurants in Sparta, Tomah, La Crosse, etc., have programs to provide patrons who drink with a safe ride home. Visit the Web site http://www.tlw.org for more information, or for more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program Manager Eric Pedersen at (608) 388-2441.

Fort McCoy Police Department Traffic Sgt. Domenic Modica reminds motorists that Fort McCoy, as a federal installation, also has federal laws that must be followed by anyone driving on the installation. Fort McCoy runs random checks to ensure these policies are being followed.

• Motorists must wear their seat belts and are permitted to use only hands-free cell phones if they are driving. These laws may differ with state laws, such as seat-belt use, which is enforced as a secondary law in Wisconsin. In other words, motorists must commit another offense, such as drinking or speeding, to be arrested for not using seat belts if they are driving off post in Wisconsin. Anyone using government vehicles must observe federal regulations at all times, including seat-belt use.

• All personnel who ride motorcycles on Fort McCoy also must complete a motorcycle safety course, wear a safety helmet and appropriate safety gear/clothing, including reflective material.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office at (608) 388-3403 or visit the ISO Web site on the Fort McCoy Intranet, which is accessible through the public Web site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil.

• Information about motorcycle safety courses is available by calling (715) 299-7728 or visiting the Web site http://www.ridesafewi.com.

Information about motorcycle safety, including mentorship programs, also is available by contacting the Fort McCoy Patriot Warrior Riders at (608) 388-3605.


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