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UW-Eau Claire Police to Join 'Booze and Belts'
Traffic Safety Mobilization

RELEASED: Dec. 8, 2008

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. 8-15.

"Our goal during the "Booze and Belts" mobilization is to stop needless traffic deaths and injuries, so we will be increasing our focus on arresting drunken drivers and enforcing safety belt laws," said Sgt. Jay Dobson.

Besides risking death and injuries, motorists also may take a painful hit in their wallets if they irresponsibly choose to ignore safety belt and impaired driving laws, according to Dobson. Last year in Wisconsin, there were more than 42,000 drunken driving convictions and nearly 68,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts.

"We hope that people will voluntarily decide to buckle up and drive sober. But if they don't, our enforcement efforts will increase the risks of getting caught," said Dobson. "Because too many lives are being lost in traffic crashes, we must continue to crack down on unbelted and impaired motorists."

For more information, contact Dobson at 715-836-2222

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