MADISON (WKOW) -- More than 300 Wisconsin law enforcement agencies will be on the hunt for OWI offenders beginning Friday, Aug. 21. This is part of a nationwide "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" crackdown on drunk drivers that will run through Labor Day.
Drunk driving is a big problem in Wisconsin. Last year, approximately 37,000 Wisconsin drivers were convicted of drunk driving. Alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin killed 234 people and injured 4,319 last year alone, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
"If people make the irresponsible choice to drive while under the influence of alcohol, we'll be ready to arrest them," said Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent David Collins. "Too many individuals, too many families, and too many communities are devastated nearly every day by drunken drivers."
Officers also ask citizens to report any drunken drivers they see by dialing 911.
A few helpful ways to avoid drunk driving include choosing a sober designated driver, taking mass transit or a taxi if you are impaired, or calling a friend to drive you home. Police say even if you're feeling "buzzed," you likely are over the 0.08 blood alcohol concentration limit, making it illegal for you to operate a vehicle.
Some taverns and restaurants have programs to work against drunk driving by providing ride services. Check out www.tlw.org and click on Safe Ride to find out more.