(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was busy during this year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Between December 17th and New Year’s Day, deputies made 13 OWI arrests. Law enforcement officers from around the county also participated in a special grant from 8pm New Year’s Eve to 4am the following morning that yielded an additional 3 OWI arrests.
Deputies assigned to traffic enforcement detail made 74 traffic stops in which citations or warnings were issued. There were 17 speeding violations, five operating after revocation, three drug arrests, seven misdemeanor arrests, and one felony arrest.
During Wednesday’s appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Sheriff Dale Schmidt recognized the efforts of one of his deputies to curb drunk driving. He says Deputy Scott Anderson made 96 OWI arrests last year and 106 the year prior. Schmidt notes that Anderson was out for five weeks in 2021 for drug recognition training or his numbers could have been higher.
Schmidt says he averages around 30 OWI arrests a year, which was a high mark. He says Anderson’s main focus is OWI’s and drug enforcement and that he is (quote) “fantastic” at it.
Sergeant Jeremy Wolf says while the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign has ended for the season; their focus remains on keeping communities as safe as possible. He encourages those who plan on drinking to identify a designated driver or find a safe, alternative way home. Authorities also recommend the free “Driver Sober” app from the state transportation website. The app has a ‘find a ride’ feature to help locate mass transit and taxi services.
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