Wis. (State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation) — To
combat the deadly dangers of drunken driving, police officers from the
Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) will be out in
force to arrest impaired motorists as part of a nationwide law
enforcement crackdown from Friday, Aug. 21 through Labor Day, Monday,
"Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" crackdown will
combine stringent law enforcement with a federally funded media
campaign to deter impaired driving.
driving devastates individuals, families and whole communities,
according to statistics compiled by the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation. Last year, alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin killed
234 people and injured 4,319. Approximately 37,000 drivers — a
number nearly equal to the population of Beloit — were convicted of
drunken driving in Wisconsin in 2008.
year, deaths from motorcycle crashes are increasing compared with last
year, and approximately 47 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes in
Wisconsin are alcohol-related.
Eddy, Fort McCoy Safety Officer, said all personnel riding motorcycles
at Fort McCoy must pass a certified motorcycle safety course, such as
the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) courses for beginning and
experienced riders. MSF courses are held regularly at Fort McCoy by
Ride Safe Inc., and are free for authorized military personnel and
Department of Defense civilians. For more information, visit the Web
and click on the Fort McCoy location and schedule or call
Domenic Modica, Fort McCoy DES Traffic Safety officer, said,
"Drunken driving is too prevalent and too deadly to ignore. That’s
why we don’t give warnings or accept excuses for drunken driving. If
you’re over the limit, you’ll be arrested. The decision to drive
while impaired will likely be one you’ll regret the rest of your
life, if you’re lucky enough to live. During the upcoming crackdown
and throughout the rest of the year, our goal is not to arrest more
drunken drivers. We simply are trying to save lives and prevent
injuries. If we can deter people from getting behind the wheel when
they’re impaired, we will make progress toward the goal of reducing
the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin."
addition to the campaign, Fort McCoy DES personnel will continue to
hold random compliance checks for traffic safety matters, such as
mandatory seat-belt usage, restrictions on cell-phone usage (cell
phones cannot be used by drivers when the vehicle is in motion unless
they are hands-free models), speeding, etc., Modica said. For more
information about traffic safety in the Fort McCoy community, call
of risking an arrest for impaired driving, the Fort McCoy DES offers
the following suggestions:
a sober designated driver before you start to drink.
you’re feeling buzzed, you probably are over the 0.08 (alcohol
concentration) limit and should not drive.
than drive while impaired, take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a
sober friend to drive you home.
taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a
safe ride home. (In Wisconsin, visit http://www.tlw.org
and click on Safe Ride for more information.)