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'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' national campaign begins

August 15, 2012

DriveSoberEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Police will join other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin and the nation in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunken drivers Aug. 17-Sept. 3, which includes the Labor Day weekend.

Drunken driving continues to be prevalent, persistent and deadly on city streets and rural roads throughout Wisconsin. Last year, 225 people were killed and nearly 3,000 injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes in Wisconsin. There were more than 35,000 convictions for drunken driving in Wisconsin last year.

"Drunken driving is entirely preventable," said Sgt. Joel Field of the UW-Eau Claire Police. "If we can deter people from getting behind the wheel when they're not sober, we'll make progress toward the goal of reaching zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin.

"Our message during the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign and throughout the year is simple: If you're driving while impaired, we will arrest you. The devastating consequences of a drunken driving arrest include major embarrassment, expensive penalties, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on all your vehicles and possibly jail time. Driving drunk will be a decision you'll regret the rest of your life."

For more information about the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, contact Sgt. Joel Field, UW-Eau Claire Police, at 715-836-2222.

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