Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Begins
There are a lot of dangerous activities that can be performed while driving. One of the most dangerous things that a driver can engage in is driving while under the influence. Every year alcohol contributes to more than 10,000 fatalities on the roadways. Consumption of alcohol can lead to impaired judgment, reduced muscle coordination and longer reaction times. All of these things increase the likelihood of being involved in an accident, which can cause injury to not only oneself, but others as well. To help combat driving under the influence, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies across the state are starting the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
The campaign begins on Friday, August 17 and goes until Monday, September 3. During the campaign, law enforcement agencies will patrol in a high volume for an increased amount of hours to help catch those who are driving while impaired. To help detect impaired drivers, almost 3,800 law enforcement officials have been trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.
The campaign is not only targeting drinking and driving, but it is also targeting drugged driving. Many states across the country, Wisconsin included, have been seeing an increase in drugged driving. Drugged driving is when someone’s ability to operate a motor vehicle has been compromised by either legal or illegal drugs.
Make sure that if you plan on drinking, you do not plan on driving. If you plan on drinking, identify a sober designated driver or plan on taking public transportation, taxi or other ride service to get to your destination. Driving under the influence is not worth putting your own life or the lives of others at risk. By ensuring that you drive sober, you can help keep the roadways safer for everyone.