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UW-Eau Claire Police Join
'Booze & Belts' Safety Program

RELEASED: Dec. 10, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — To keep the holiday season from becoming a time of tragedy, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire police department will join other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin in the "Booze and Belts" traffic crash prevention effort from Dec. 10-16.

"Our officers will focus on arresting drunken drivers and enforcing safety belt laws," said Lt. Rexann Lemke. "Our message is simple. We are cracking down on impaired drivers and unbelted motorists. Our goal is not to write more tickets, but to stop people from killing or injuring themselves and others on our streets and highways."

Besides risking death and injuries, motorists also may take a painful hit in their wallets if they choose to ignore safety belt and impaired driving laws, said Lemke. Last year in Wisconsin, there were more than 44,000 drunken driving convictions and nearly 74,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts.

"We hope people will decide to buckle up and drive sober," Lemke said."If they don't, our enforcement efforts will increase the risks of getting caught. We want everyone to have a safe holiday season."

For more information, contact Lt. Rexann Lemke, 715-836-2222

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