The Sheriff’s Office will participate in an Alcohol Crackdown mobilization Aug. 16 - Sept. 3. Extra dedicated patrols will focus on getting impaired drivers off the road but will also enforce speeding, distracted driving, and failure to wear seat belts.
The purpose of these efforts, as part of a grant received from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Traffic Safety (BOTS) is not to make more arrests and write more tickets, but to bring more awareness to people and change behaviors so they make better choices - including using designated drivers and a safe ride home.
At the beginning of this month, Stevens Point hosted the Governor’s Highway Safety Conference and on display was a State Patrol cruiser painted half as a taxi and half as a squad car showing the difference in prices between the safe ride home and getting arrested. A photo of this can be found on the Facebook page for the Portage County Sheriff’s Office.
Wisconsin is striving for ZERO deaths on our roadways. It is a very lofty goal, but it is very worthwhile to try and prevent needless deaths and injuries on our roadways. As of this date in our county, we have had 5 traffic fatalities and 3 of those were a direct result of impaired drivers.
Please be responsible about your fun and the choices you make because they can impact many others beyond yourself. Always try to have a safe ride home option, and always wear your seat belt and insist that everyone else in your vehicle wears their seat belt.
Be sure to check for many other updates from the Sheriff's Office's Facebook page and also from the WisDOT website.