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UW-Eau Claire Police to participate in 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' national campaign

RELEASED: Aug. 16, 2011

Drive Sober

EAU CLAIRE —University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Police, along with other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin and the rest of the nation, will be out in force for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunken drivers from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5.

Drunken driving continues to be one of the most destructive and deadly crimes in Wisconsin. Last year, 220 people were killed and more than 3,500 injured in nearly 5,800 alcohol-related traffic crashes.

"There were more than 40,000 convictions for drunken driving in Wisconsin last year, so law enforcement agencies are certainly finding and arresting impaired motorists, but too many people still make the irresponsible and dangerous decision to get behind the wheel while impaired," said  Lt. Jay Dobson of the UW-Eau Claire Police.  “We have zero tolerance for drunken drivers. If you’re driving while impaired, you will be arrested and will face devastating consequences, such as major embarrassment, stiff penalties and possibly jail time. Driving drunk will be a decision you’ll regret the rest of your life, if you are lucky enough to live.”

Under a state law enacted last year, drivers convicted of operating while intoxicated (OWI) with a blood/breath alcohol level of .15 or higher, either as a first offense or a repeat offense, are required to have an ignition interlock device on every vehicle they drive, own or have registered in their name. Ignition interlock devices ensure drivers are sober before they can start their vehicle. The law also makes first-offense OWI a criminal offense if there is a passenger under age 16 in the vehicle.

“Drunken driving is entirely preventable," Dobson said. "During the upcoming 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' crackdown and throughout the year, our goal is not to arrest more drunken drivers. We simply are trying to save lives and prevent injuries. If we can deter people from getting behind the wheel when they’re not sober, we will make progress toward the goal of reducing the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero In Wisconsin."

For more information about the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, contact Lt. Jay Dobson, UW-Eau Claire Police, at 715-836-2222.

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