Fort McCoy News Dec. 9, 2016

Fort McCoy police support 'Drive Sober' campaign

To combat drunken driving, Fort McCoy will join other law-enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national campaign from Dec. 15 to Jan. 1, 2017.

"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 Fort McCoy Police Chief Ryan Cunningham. "And while celebrating the holidays, people may be tempted to drive when they are impaired.

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"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 Directorate of Emergency Services urges drivers to follow these common-sense suggestions:

• Choose a sober designated driver before drinking.

• If someone is feeling buzzed, he or she likely is over the 0.08 BAC limit and should not drive.

• Take a bus or a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive.

• Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911.

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.

For more information, call Sgt. David Hansen at the Police Deartment at 608-388-2044.

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   (Article prepared by Directorate of Emergency Services.)