Twin Lakes PD cracking down on drunken driving and lack of safety belt use during Booze and Belts

tl-pd-patchThe Twin Lakes Police Department released the following statement regarding the Booze and Belts enforcement campaign:

Twin Lakes Police Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin in cracking down on drunken driving and increase safety belt use during the annual “Booze and Belts” campaign from December 12 to December 20, 2014. “Deaths and injuries in traffic crashes are especially tragic for families this time of year, so our officers will be out in force during the Booze and Belts mobilization looking for unbuckled and impaired motorists,” said Lieutenant Dennis Linn. High-visibility law enforcement mobilizations, like Booze and Belts, are helping to save lives and reduce injuries. 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. In addition, seat belt use in Wisconsin is at an all-time high with nearly 85 percent of drivers and passengers buckling up, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. “We’re making progress toward the goal of zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin, but far too many people are still needlessly killed or injured in traffic crashes,” says Chief Dale Racer. “We are striving for voluntary compliance with traffic laws, so we urge you to make the responsible decision to buckle up and drive sober. But if you make an irresponsible decision, we will stop you and we won’t give you a warning or a second chance.”

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