The Twin Lakes Police Department and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies in cracking down on drunk driving from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1.
Efforts to combat drunken driving in Wisconsin through effective enforcement and education are showing positive results. In the past 10 years, fatalities from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 348 in 2003 to 185 in 2013, which is a 47 percent reduction. Injuries from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 6,445 in 2003 to 2,660 in 2013, which is a 59 percent reduction, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Said Twin Lakes PD Lt. Dennis Linn;
“Although we’re making progress in preventing drunken driving, too many people are still being killed or injured because of the irresponsible decision to drive while impaired. Drunken driving is entirely preventable. You can designate a sober driver or find an alternative way home. The serious consequences of a drunken driving arrest include major embarrassment, expensive penalties, installation of an ignition interlock device, and possibly jail time. Driving drunk will be a decision you’ll regret the rest of your life, if you are lucky enough to live.”
Said Sheriff David Beth:
“Drunk drivers put the lives and safety of our community members at risk. People need to know that if they have had too much to drink, they must make a better choice than to get behind the wheel. Folks who have been drinking should phone a friend, or stay put instead of driving their car. If they choose to drive, they are going to get caught.”
Twin Lakes is participating in the Zero in Wisconsin campaign. The Sheriff’s Deparfment received a federal grant to fund its extra enforcement.
To help prevent drunken driving, the Zero In Wisconsin traffic safety initiative has a free “Drive Sober” mobile app, which includes updated features to help you get home safely. The Drive Sober app can be downloaded by visiting zeroinwisconsin.gov.