State Police kick off Drive Sober campaign

Elias Hubbard
December 14, 2017

State Police Troop H is joining 10,000 law enforcement agencies in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign, which runs today through New Year's Eve.

The campaign is from December 15 until January 2. "It's vital that we keep our roads and our travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day".

The holiday period is full of festivities that often contribute to an increase in the number of drunk drivers on the road.

In 2016, 1,059 people died in DUI crashes statewide, according to Craft. Of those fatalities, 28 percent involved a driver whose blood alcohol concentration was over the legal limit of.08. "Don't put yourself, your passengers, or others at risk by making the decision to drink and drive". But the ultimate cost of drunk driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills. Drunk-driving fatalities account for more than one-quarter of all vehicle-related fatalities.

WisDOT also offers a free Drive Sober mobile app which includes a blood alcohol estimator, designated driver selector, and find-a-ride feature that uses a smart phone's Global Positioning System to locate alternative transportation. Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely. Once installed, the app can be used to quickly pinpoint the user's location and call a taxi or trusted friend for a ride home.

Download NHTSA's SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple's i Tunes Store for iOS devices. These items are your best defense against an impaired driver.

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