More from the press release:
The DOT says saturation patrols and other types of high visibility enforcement have proved to be an effective deterrent to impaired driving, especially when combined with an effective media campaign like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
The goal is not to arrest more drunken drivers. The goal is to deter drunken driving, to achieve zero preventable traffic deaths.
Impaired driving is prevalent and deadly:
- There were approximately 35,000 convictions for drunken driving last year in Wisconsin.
- Last year, alcohol-related crashes killed 225 people in Wisconsin and injured nearly 3,000.
- A state law took effect in July 2010 that significantly strengthens deterrents and increases penalties for drunken driving.
- The recent law substantially increases jail time for various OWI convictions.
- Are convicted of first-offense OWI if their BAC was .15 or higher.
- Are convicted of a second or subsequent OWI offense.
- Refused a chemical test to measure their alcohol level at the time of arrest.
- Choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking.
- If you’re feeling buzzed, you likely are over the 0.08 BAC limit and should not drive.
- Rather than risk an arrest, take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Save a life—don’t let your friends drive drunk.
- Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home.
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.