Statewide crackdown on drunken driving begins Thursday
‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign runs from Dec. 15 to Jan. 1
Law enforcement officers throughout the state will be out in force to combat drunken driving during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Thursday, Dec. 15, through New Year’s Day.
To get drunken drivers off the road before they kill themselves or innocent victims, 24 impaired driving (OWI) task forces in Wisconsin coordinate and combine expertise and resources from multiple law enforcement agencies for high-visibility enforcement efforts. Overtime for task force officers is covered by federal funding administered by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) Bureau of Transportation Safety.
Impaired driving task forces typically notify the public in advance of their enforcement initiatives as a deterrent to drunken driving. Roadside signage and vests on officers let the public know that intensified enforcement is underway, according to David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety.
To help prevent drunken driving, WisDOT offers a free Zero In Wisconsin Drive Sober mobile app, which includes a find-a-ride feature that uses a smart phone’s GPS to locate alternative transportation, a blood alcohol estimator, designated driver selector, and interactive games that help determine whether drivers should give up their keys. The Drive Sober app can be downloaded for free at: www.zeroinwisconsin.gov/drivesober/.
In addition to the serious problem of drunken driving, people are increasingly being killed and injured in drugged driving crashes. Last year, 149 people were killed in drug-related traffic crashes in Wisconsin, which is nearly a 200 percent increase in the last 10 years.
To help combat this deadly crisis, the Wisconsin Department of Justice and WisDOT have teamed up to produce new TV and radio public service announcements (http://www.zeroinwisconsin.gov/) that warn of the dangers of drugged driving—especially driving under the influence of prescription medications.
Press Releases by Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Statement from Wisconsin DOT Secretary Dave Ross on cancellation of I-39/90/94 Madison to Portage study and I-90/94 Portage to Wisconsin Dells studyMar 3rd, 2017 by Wisconsin Department of Transportation
We did not make this decision hastily nor take it lightly.
Governor Walker approves improvements totaling over $4.4 million for General Mitchell International AirportFeb 28th, 2017 by Wisconsin Department of Transportation
A combination of state, Milwaukee County and Federal Aviation Administration funds will be used for these projects.
News release: Governor approves over $1.9 million for improvement projects at Lawrence J. Timmerman AirportFeb 28th, 2017 by Wisconsin Department of Transportation
One project will reconstruct the primary runway.
The closures are necessary for utility work related to private development in downtown Milwaukee.
Voters looking to get a Wisconsin ID can turn to DMV for help at wisconsindmv.gov or visit a DMV Customer Service Center to apply.