(Juneau) Law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin will be joining in an effort to target alcohol and drug impaired driving. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign begins Friday and goes through New Year’s Day.
Authorities say the mission of this campaign is to enhance public safety and prevent needless tragedies by discouraging people from making the dangerous decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. During last year’s holiday in Wisconsin, there were 373 crashes involving impaired drivers resulting in seven fatalities and 192 injuries.
In all of 2021 there were 6,368 alcohol-related crashes with 166 deaths which is more than a fourth of the fatalities that year. There were 2,094 crashes involving drug use that killed 74 people last year. Someone is injured or killed in an impaired driving crash every two hours in the state.
Law enforcement encourages the public to find a designated driver if you plan on consuming alcohol. They add that if someone you know is about to drink and drive, step in and prevent them from making a potentially fatal decision.