(Wisconsin) Area law enforcement agencies are ramping up patrols as part of a national-wide effort to end drunk driving. The annual Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is now underway. Last year in Wisconsin, there were over six-thousand alcohol related crashes including 167 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. A motorist’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is compromised by drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. In 2020, there were 22-hundred drug-related crashes that caused 80 deaths. That is up from the 17-hundred crashes the year before including 59 fatalities. Tips to help mitigate impaired driving crashes include finding identifying a sober designated driver, buckling up, call 911 when suspecting someone is driving impaired, and download 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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