Crackdown to target drunken drivers
Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunken driving in the nation. There were more than 42,000 convictions for drunken driving offenses in Wisconsin last year. Alcohol-related crashes killed 234 people in Wisconsin and injured more than 4,000 in 2008. Approximately 40 percent of all fatal traffic crashes in Wisconsin in 2008 were alcohol-related.
During the Alcohol Crackdown, officers will be patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours, including at night when safety belt use declines. The objective is not to write more tickets but to save lives and reduce injuries through voluntary compliance with Wisconsin’s drunken driving law. However, if voluntary compliance fails, the law will be enforced. Warnings will not be issued if drivers are stopped by an officer and are suspected of drunken driving.