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Law of the month

Labor Day Weekend 2018 - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

To deter impaired driving, Fond du Lac County Area Law Enforcement to participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ initiative August 17 through September 3

Fond du Lac County Area Law Enforcement will join hundreds of law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin to combat impaired driving during the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative from August 17 through Labor Day on September 3. Last year in Wisconsin, alcohol-related crashes resulted in 161 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries.

While alcohol-impaired drivers remain a significant problem, a growing concern is drugged driving - people whose ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is compromised by legal or illegal drugs including prescription and over-the-counter medications. To help combat the problem:

• Nearly 3,800 Wisconsin law enforcement officers have been trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) to help detect and remove impaired drivers from the roadways

• Wisconsin has 276 Drug Recognition Experts - among the most in the nation

• There are 25 multi-jurisdictional, high-visibility OWI enforcement task forces operating throughout the year across the state

Rather than risk an OWI arrest or crash, Fond du Lac County Area Law Enforcement urges drivers to follow these common sense suggestions:

Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911. Provide as much detail as possible on the driver, vehicle, and location

§ If you plan to celebrate, identify a sober designated driver. Never allow someone else to get behind the wheel impaired

§ Download the free “Drive Sober” mobile app from the WisDOT website. The app includes a “find a ride” feature to help locate mass transit and taxi services

§ Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons a safe ride home. Visit www.tlw.org/ and click on Safe Ride