Fort McCoy News Dec. 11, 2015

Police support 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

To combat drunken driving, the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) Police Department at Fort McCoy will join other law-enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national campaign from Dec. 18 through Jan. 3, 2016.

"Although drunken driving is 100 percent preventable, on average someone is killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash in Wisconsin every three hours," said Traffic Sergeant David Hansen with the DES Police Department. "And while celebrating the holidays, people may be tempted to drive when they are impaired. During the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign, our officers will be out in force to arrest drunken drivers before they kill or injure themselves or an innocent victim."

Rather than risk a drunken-driving arrest or crash, the Fort McCoy police urge everyone to follow these common-sense suggestions:

• Choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking.

• If you're feeling buzzed, you likely are over the 0.08 BAC limit and should not drive.

• Take mass transit or a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

• The Zero In Wisconsin traffic safety program has a free "Drive Sober" mobile app that can be downloaded by visiting www.zeroinwisconsin.gov.

• Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home. Visit www.tlw.org/ and click on Safe Ride.

• Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911.

For more information, call 608-388-2000.

   (Submitted by the Directorate of Emergency Services Police Department)