keep the joyous holiday season from becoming a time of tragedy, The
Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) Police Department
will mobilize along with other law enforcement agencies throughout the
area for the "Booze & Belts" traffic crash-prevention
effort from Monday, Dec. 8-Monday, Dec. 15.
goal during the Booze & Belts mobilization is to stop needless
traffic deaths and injuries," said Sgt. Domenic Modica, Fort
McCoy Police Department Traffic sergeant. "Our goal is to save
lives and prevent injuries ó not to write more safety-belt tickets
or make more drunken-driving arrests."
McCoy DES police personnel will conduct random compliance checks
during the campaign, Modica said.
driving at Fort McCoy should be aware there are some differences in
federal traffic regulations compared to civilian traffic regulations
off post, he said.
said these include required use of safety belts and hands-free cell
phones by drivers in vehicles on the installation. Drivers can use non
hands-free cell phones if they pull over into a parking lot or to the
shoulder of a road, if necessary.
belts are a secondary enforcement issue in Wisconsin. The use of cell
phones by drivers also is not regulated on Wisconsin roads.
riding motorcycles or bicycles are required to wear helmets on the
installation. Motorcyclists also must have completed and passed an
authorized motorcycle safety course and wear appropriate personal
protective equipment, such as reflective vests, proper clothing, etc.,
to ride motorcycles on post.
not following these rules can be stopped and ticketed/cited. Modica
said personnel can get more information, by reading U.S. Army
Regulation 190-5 or by calling him.
information about motorcycle safety is available by calling the
Installation Safety Office at (608) 388-3403 or the installationís
Patriot Warrior Riders Motorcycle Mentorship program at (608)
year in Wisconsin, there were more than 42,000 drunken driving
convictions and nearly 68,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety
belts, according to Department of Transportation statistics.
has the highest rate of drunk driving in the nation, according to a
nationwide study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
released earlier this year. In 2007, alcohol-related crashes killed
337 people in Wisconsin and injured more than 5,500 people, as well.
law enforcement personnel hope campaigns such as this one will
markedly improve those statistics.
68,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts were the
second-most prevalent traffic conviction.
stateís seat-belt compliance rate improved to 75 percent, but that
is still below the national average of 82 percent.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said wearing safety
belts is important because it is the single most-effective way to
protect people from being ejected from or thrown around inside a
vehicle during vehicle crashes.
77 percent of passenger vehicle occupants have survived serious
accidents when buckled up.
risking death and injuries, motorists also may take a painful hit in
their wallets if they irresponsibly choose to ignore safety-belt and
impaired-driving laws, according to Modica.
hope that people will voluntarily decide to buckle up and drive sober.
But if they donít, our extra enforcement will increase the risks of
getting caught," Modica said. "Because too many lives are
being lost in traffic crashes, we must continue to crack down on
unbelted and impaired motorists."
information also is available at the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation Web site at: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov
or at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site http://www.nhtsa.gov.
more information in the Fort McCoy community, call Modica at (608)
in this story also is from Wisconsin State Patrol Bureau of