11/22/17 – The Dodge County Highway Safety Commission is encouraging motorists to celebrate the upcoming holiday responsibly. Highway Safety Coordinator Joel Kiesow says the eve of Thanksgiving has contributed to a rise in drunken driving deaths. Over a five-day period during last year’s Thanksgiving holiday, Wisconsin had four fatalities, 61 people injured and 38 alcohol-related property damage crashes. Kiesow says Thanksgiving has become one of deadliest times of the year on America’s roadways due to “Thanksgiving Eve” becoming one of the year’s biggest drinking days. With 18 fatalities so far in Dodge County, the safety commission is encouraging drivers to buckle up and designate a sober driver. The Dodge County Sheriff rolled out his Crash Reduction Strategy this week announcing that his deputies will be working overtime in select hotspots around the county – in coming months and this week in particular – to address speeding, inattentive driving and stop sign violations.