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Police launch 'Booze and Belts' traffic safety campaign through Dec. 18

RELEASED: Dec. 13, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Police department is participating in the statewide "Booze and Belts" traffic safety campaign, which will be in effect through Dec. 18.

"During the 'Booze and Belts' mobilization, our officers will be out in force to prevent needless traffic deaths and injuries by arresting drunken drivers and enforcing the mandatory safety belt law," said Lt. Jay Dobson of University Police.

Last year in Wisconsin, convictions for failure to fasten safety belts exceeded 100,000 for the first time in state history, and more than 45,000 drunken driving convictions took place.

"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," Dobson said.

The department's goal is to help save lives, not increase the number of tickets. University Police will continue enforcement and education efforts until there are "zero preventable traffic deaths" in Wisconsin.

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