Letter to the editor - commentary
August 14, 2012
Although it is entirely preventable, drunken driving continues to devastate individuals, families and entire communities in Wisconsin.
To prevent the senseless tragedies caused by drunken driving, hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin will be out in force from August 17 through Labor Day, September 3, for the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
High-visibility law enforcement crackdowns on drunken driving are part of – but not the entire – solution to this prevalent and persistent problem. Last year, there were approximately 35,000 convictions for drunken driving in Wisconsin. That number is approximately the population of Beloit. But law enforcement officers will never be able to arrest every drunken driver. During the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign and throughout the year, law enforcement officers will strive to stop drunken driving. But they also need our help. Here are a few simple ways we can do our part:
- Choose a sober designated driver before starting to drink.
- Don’t let friends drive drunk.
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement officers by calling 911.
With everyone’s commitment, we can combat drunken driving and make progress toward the goal of reducing the number of preventable traffic deaths to "Zero in Wisconsin."
Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation