To combat drunken driving, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Police Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin participating in the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national campaign from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7.
"Although drunken driving is 100 percent preventable, on average someone is killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash in Wisconsin every three hours," says Sergeant Joel Field. "During the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown campaign, our officers will be out in force to arrest drunken drivers before they kill or injure themselves or an innocent victim."
Rather than risk a drunken driving arrest or crash, the UW-Eau Claire Police Department urges you to follow these common sense suggestions:
- Choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking.
- If you're feeling buzzed, you likely are over the 0.08 blood alcohol content limit and should not drive.
- Take public transit or a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- The Zero In Wisconsin traffic safety program has a free "Drive Sober" mobile app that can be downloaded by visiting zeroinwisconsin.gov.
- Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home.
- Visit www.tlw.org/ and click on Safe Ride.
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911.
For more information contact Sgt. Joel Field, UW-Eau Claire Police, at 715-836-2222.