Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Joins ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has ramped up enforcement of alcohol and drug impaired driving. Through September 7th, the department will be joining other law enforcement agencies across the state for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Sergeant Jeremy Wolfe says about every three hours in Wisconsin someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash. He says this is not about stopping or arresting motorists, it is about saving lives and preventing needless tragedies. In 2019, there were over 6,000 alcohol related crashes that injured just under 3,000 people and resulted in 140 deaths. Also, there were over 23,000 OWI convictions. Wolfe says while alcohol-impaired driving remains a concern, a growing problem involves drivers who use drugs that comprises their ability to safely operate a vehicle. To help combat this issue, around 5,200 officers have been trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement to help detect and remove impaired drivers from the roadways. Wisconsin currently has the most highly-trained Drug Recognition Experts in the nation with 31 and there are 23 multi-jurisdictional high-visibility enforcement task forces operating throughout the year. Authorities also encourages the public to have a designated driver when going out to drink and to check if bars or taverns have a safe ride home program to help mitigate potential risks. Wolfe says it is their goal to help ensure all travelers reach their destination safely.