Fort McCoy News December 13, 2013

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

FORT MCCOY, Wis. (Traffic Safety Marketing) — This holiday season, Fort McCoy's Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) police officers will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers with the aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. From Dec. 13, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014, Fort McCoy DES police, in partnership with state and local law enforcement, will be watching for drunk drivers throughout the region to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

DES police officers are giving fair warning to all partygoers.

"You'll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period, and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk driving," said DES Police Capt. Rick Jackson. Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions — and serious legal consequences.

Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the road,
"The December holiday season is the 'most wonderful time of the year,' and we are going to keep our roads safe for travelers heading to visit friends and Family," said Jackson. "This holiday, we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road. If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you, and you will be arrested."

Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, to lost wages due to time off from work. Even worse, a drunk driver can cause a traffic crash that claims someone's life, or their own.

Motorists should follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk — or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.

If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or Family member, use public transportation.

Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov. For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-2000.