(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has joined a nation-wide effort to end drunk driving. The agency announced Monday that it is taking part in the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs through Labor Day.
Sheriff’s Sergeant Jeremy Wolfe says it is their goal to keep roads safe from the dangers of impaired driving, adding that the deaths and injuries caused by it are preventable. He says they want to make sure all travelers reach their destination safely.
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 “Driver 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.
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