|The Fort McCoy Police Department will be out in force
along with other law-enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin and the
rest of the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on
drunken drivers, which is under way and will continue through Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 5.
Drunken driving continues to be one of the most-destructive and deadly
crimes in Wisconsin. Last year, 220 people were killed and more than
3,500 injured in nearly 5,800 alcohol-related traffic crashes.
“There were more than 40,000 convictions for drunken driving in
Wisconsin last year, so law-enforcement agencies are certainly finding
and arresting impaired motorists. But too many people still make the
irresponsible and dangerous decision to get behind the wheel while
impaired,” said Capt. Rick Jackson of the Fort McCoy Police Department.
“Every officer in our agency has zero tolerance for drunken drivers. It
doesn’t matter who you are, where you are going or what time of day — if
you’re driving while impaired you will be arrested and will face
devastating consequences, such as major embarrassment, stiff penalties,
and possibly jail time. Driving drunk will be a decision you’ll regret
the rest of your life, if you are lucky enough to live.”
Under a Wisconsin state law enacted last year, first-offense
operating-while-intoxicated (OWI) drivers who were convicted with a
blood/breath alcohol level of .15 or higher and all repeat drunken
drivers are required to have an ignition-interlock device on every
vehicle they own, have registered in their name, or drive.
Ignition-interlock devices ensure drivers are sober before they can
start their vehicle. The law also makes first offense OWI a criminal
offense if there is a passenger under age 16 in the vehicle.
Jackson said, “Drunken driving is entirely preventable. During the
upcoming ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown and throughout the
year, our goal is not to arrest more drunken drivers.”
“We simply are trying to save lives and prevent injuries,” Jackson said.
“If we can deter people from getting behind the wheel when they’re not
sober, we will make progress toward the goal of reducing the number of
preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin.”
For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-4546.
(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Police Department.)