(Wisconsin) Area law enforcement agencies are ramping up patrols as part of a nation-wide effort to end drunk driving. The annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is underway and runs through Labor Day.
Last year in Wisconsin, there were over 63-hundred alcohol-related crashes, including 166 deaths. Alcohol contributed to more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities. Authorities say drug-impaired drivers also put people in danger on the roads. In 2021, there were over two-thousand drug-related crashes that caused 74 deaths. Every two hours, someone is injured or killed in an impaired driving crash in Wisconsin.
Tips to help mitigate these crashes include identifying a sober designated driver, buckling up, calling 911 when suspecting someone is driving impaired, and downloading the free “Drive Sober” app that features a “find a ride” option. The Tavern League of Wisconsin also has a SafeRide Program to assist patrons of bars and restaurants.