Fort McCoy News Aug. 12, 2016

Fort McCoy police to support 'Drive Sober' campaign

Fort McCoy will join hundreds of law-enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin to combat drunken driving during the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national campaign Aug. 19-Sept. 5.

"Although drunken driving is 100 percent preventable, 190 people were killed and nearly 2,900 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin last year," said Sgt. David Hansen with the Fort McCoy Police Department. "During the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' crackdown campaign, our officers will be patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours to arrest drunken drivers before they kill or injure themselves or an innocent victim."

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Rather than risk a drunken driving arrest or crash, motorists are urged to consider the following suggestions:

• Choose a sober designated driver before drinking.

• If someone is feeling buzzed, he or she likely is over the blood-alcohol-content limit of 0.08 percent and should not drive.

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

• The "Zero In Wisconsin" traffic-safety program has a free "Drive Sober" mobile app that can be downloaded by visiting 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 about the campaign, call Hansen at (608) 388-2044.