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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.