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Your Views: Irresponsible decisions lead to traffic deaths

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August 7, 2013

We know them, we see them, and perhaps we’ve even been one of them. Drunken drivers come from all walks of life, but they do have one thing in common. They’ve made one of the most dangerous and irresponsible decisions an operator of a potentially lethal weapon can make. Last year, 223 people died and nearly 3,000 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin. Many of them were innocent victims who were killed or injured by drunken drivers.

To help combat drunken driving, UW-Whitewater police officers will be out in force from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2, which includes the Labor Day weekend, for the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Drunken driving is entirely preventable. So we urge you to use a designated driver or find another way home if you’re impaired. The “Zero In Wisconsin” traffic safety initiative also offers a free “Drive Sober” mobile app that can be downloaded by visiting zeroinwisconsin. gov.

During this crackdown on drunken drivers and throughout the year, we are serious when we say, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

MATTHEW KIEDERLEN

UW-Whitewater Chief of Police



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