To avoid a drunken driving arrest or crash designate before you celebrate on New Year’s weekend
To combat drunken driving, law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force for the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
Although no one really knows what the new year will bring, everyone who will be out celebrating on New Year’s weekend can take steps to make sure 2017 doesn’t start with a drunken driving arrest or a serious crash.
“Last year, the new year began tragically with two traffic deaths during the holiday period from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3. This year, our goal is zero traffic fatalities,” says David Pabst, director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Bureau of Transportation Safety.
To combat drunken driving, law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force for the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which began Dec. 15 and runs through New Year’s Day.
To help prevent drunken driving arrests and crashes, 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—including taxi services, mass transit, and local ride services.
- A blood alcohol estimator.
- A designated driver selector.
- Interactive games that help determine whether drivers should give up their car keys.
In addition to choosing a designated driver before your New Year’s Eve celebration begins, WisDOT offers the following advice:
- If you’re feeling buzzed, you probably are over the 0.08 (alcohol concentration) limit and should not drive.
- Don’t allow friends to drive drunk no matter how much they protest.
- Some taverns and restaurants may provide patrons with safe transportation to their homes, such as the Tavern League of Wisconsin’s SafeRide program.
- Milwaukee County Transit System and Madison Metro are providing free bus rides on New Year’s Eve.
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.