News release for Drive sober or get pulled over 2012

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News release for Drive sober or get pulled over 2012

    Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over



    From the Wisconsin DOT

    Division of State Patrol

    Bureau of Transportation Safety

Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over crackdownAugust 17 to September 3, 2012

    ; To save lives and prevent injuries, law enforcement officers from all over Wisconsin

    and throughout the nation will be patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours

    to arrest impaired drivers and get them off the road.

    ; Saturation patrols and other types of high visibility enforcement have proved to be

    an effective deterrent to impaired driving, especially when combined with an

    effective media campaign like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

    ; The goal is not to arrest more drunken drivers. The goal is to deter drunken driving,

    so that we can reach our ultimate goal of zero preventable traffic deaths.

Impaired driving is prevalent and deadly:

    ; There were approximately 35,000 convictions for drunken driving last year in


    ; Last year, alcohol-related crashes killed 225 people in Wisconsin and injured nearly


Recently enacted state law increases penalties for drunken driving

    ; A state law took effect in July 2010 that significantly strengthens deterrents and

    increases penalties for drunken driving.

    ; The recent law substantially increases jail time for various OWI convictions. For

    specific details visit,

    ; The law also requires that vehicles be equipped with an ignition interlock device for

    drivers who …

     Are convicted of first-offense OWI if their BAC was .15 or higher.

     Are convicted of a second or subsequent OWI offense.

     Refused a chemical test to measure their alcohol level at the time of arrest.

Important advice to combat drunken driving:

; Choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking.

; If you’re feeling buzzed, you likely are over the 0.08 BAC limit and should not drive.

    ; Rather than risk an arrest, take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive

    you home.

; Save a life—don’t let your friends drive drunk.

    ; Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride

    home. Visit and click on Safe Ride.

; Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.

Online resources:

; Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Law Enforcement Action Kit:

    ; Zero In Wisconsin traffic safety campaign, including TV and radio commercials

; Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over logos and artwork



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