Drive Sober Campaign Promotes Safety over the Holidays

(OnFocus) In an effort to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department will join other law enforcement agencies in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign over the holidays.

The campaign runs from Friday, Dec. 13 through New Years Day.

“The holiday season is a festive time for many, but it can quickly turn tragic if drivers make the dangerous and irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel,” the department stated in a release.

Alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin resulted in 160 deaths and nearly 3,300 injuries last year. In addition to alcohol, law enforcement faces the growing concern of drug-impaired drivers, whether from prescription or illegal drugs.

Citizens can do their part to prevent a tragedy by finding safe alternatives for impaired drivers, designating sober drivers, and reporting impaired drivers to 911.

The Drive Sober mobile app can be downloaded through the WisDOT website and includes a “find a ride” feature to locate transit and taxi services. Visit the Tavern League of Wisconsin’s website at www.tlw.org and click on “Safe Ride” to find which taverns and restaurants have programs to provide their patrons with a safe ride home.