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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over



From the Wisconsin DOT

Division of State Patrol

Bureau of Transportation Safety

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – December 14, 2018 through January 1, 2019

  • As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday campaign between December 14, 2018 and January 1, 2019, law enforcement agencies around Wisconsin will patrol in greater numbers, and for longer hours, to arrest impaired drivers and get them off the road.

  • The purpose of these stepped-up law enforcement efforts is not to simply arrest impaired drivers, but rather to deter drunk and drugged driving which will enhance public safety and prevent needless tragedies along Wisconsin roadways.

Sobering statistics

  • In the U.S., about one-third of all traffic crash deaths involve drunk drivers. Last year in Wisconsin, 169 people were killed and 3,303 injured in alcohol-related crashes. Also in 2017: more than 28% of Wisconsin traffic fatalities were alcohol-related; and there were 24,211 OWI convictions.

  • While drunk driving remains a concern, Wisconsin and many states have seen an increase in drugged drivers - people whose ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is compromised by legal medications (prescription or over-the-counter) and illegal drugs (heroin, marijuana, etc.).

  • Wisconsin is taking several steps aimed at deterring drunk and drugged driving:

    • Nearly 3,800 Wisconsin law enforcement officers are now trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) - enhancing the ability to detect impaired drivers.

    • Wisconsin has 292 highly-trained Drug Recognition Experts (DREs), among the most in the nation.

  • On average, a DUI can cost $10,000 in fines, court costs, attorney fees, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs, and more.

Making responsible choices:

  • If you plan to celebrate, identify a sober designated driver. If you’re feeling impaired, you likely are over the 0.08 BAC limit and should not drive.

  • Drivers can be arrested for OWI even if their blood-alcohol content is below 0.08 if it’s determined their level of impairment makes them unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.

  • Under Wisconsin’s “not a drop” law, drivers under age 21 are prohibited from having any detectable amount of alcohol in their system. Drivers are also prohibited from having any detectable amount of illegal drugs in their system.

  • Drivers who refuse a blood/breath alcohol test will lose their license for at least one year and may have their vehicle impounded.

  • Rather than risk an arrest, take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

  • WisDOT has developed a free “Drive Sober” mobile app that can be downloaded from the WisDOT website. Since its launch in 2013, over 73,750 people have accessed the app.

  • Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home.

  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911. Be prepared to provide specific information about the location, vehicle and driver.