State Patrol's 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign begins Friday
(WLUK) -- With the unofficial end of summer coming up, authorities are reminding Wisconsin drivers to celebrate responsibly.
The Wisconsin State Patrol announced its annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign will begin Friday and run through Labor Day.
The campaign puts extra patrol out on the roads looking for impaired drivers.
Law enforcement hopes by announcing the initiative ahead of time, drivers will think twice before getting behind the wheel impaired.
“The Labor Day weekend means additional traffic and greater potential for impaired drivers, who jeopardize the safety of everyone along our roadways,” said Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary, Dave Ross. “During this summer initiative and throughout the year, we need all motorists to travel safely and responsibly.”
Last year in Wisconsin, 161 people died and more than 3,000 were injured in alcohol-related crashes with more than 24,000 traffic convictions for operating a motor vehicle impaired.
Authorities say while alcohol-impaired driving has always been a concern in Wisconsin, they have also seen an increase in drugged driving, where the driver is impaired by legal or illegal drugs or prescriptions including opioids.
State Patrol says if you see a driver suspected to be impaired, please call 911 with a detailed description of the vehicle and location.
If you're out drinking, make a plan and designate a sober driver. You can also find a sober ride using the WisDOT's free Drive Sober app. Some bars and restaurants also have programs to provide safe rides.