To combat drunken driving and increase safety belt usage, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office will intensify traffic safety enforcement from March 4 - 21, which includes the St Patrick’s Day weekend.
The increased effort is part of a grant awarded to the Portage County Sheriff’s Office by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety. During the St Patrick’s Day mobilization and throughout the year, we strive to prevent motorists from killing and injuring themselves and others on the roadways. The aim of the enforcement is voluntary compliance with traffic laws, better driving behaviors and better choices about occupant safety - not to write more tickets and make more arrests. We will take enforcement action if voluntary compliance fails. We are serious about traffic safety enforcement because far too many needless deaths and serious injuries are due to drunken driving and not wearing seat belts.
The overall goal of this effort is to reduce preventable traffic deaths because even one preventable traffic death is one too many. Be safe and be responsible, plan to use a designated driver when going out, and always wear your seat belt and insist that everyone in your vehicle does the same.