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Traffic Safety Campaigns

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Everest Metro Police Department to crackdown on drunken motorists during ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ national campaign

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Everest Metro Police Department will be out in force along with other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin and the rest of the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunken drivers from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1, 2014.

Efforts to combat drunken driving in Wisconsin through effective enforcement and education are showing positive results. In the past ten years, fatalities from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 348 in 2003 to 185 in 2013, which is a 47 percent reduction. Injuries from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 6445 in 2003 to 2660 in 2013, which is a 59 percent reduction, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

But too many people still make the irresponsible and dangerous decision to get behind the wheel while impaired. Every officer in our agency has zero tolerance for drunken drivers. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are going or what time of day—if you’re driving while impaired you will be arrested and will face devastating consequences, such as major embarrassment, stiff penalties, and possibly jail time. Driving drunk will be a decision you’ll regret the rest of your life, if you are lucky enough to live.

Drunken driving is entirely preventable. During the upcoming Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown and throughout the year, our goal is not to arrest more drunken drivers. We simply are trying to save lives and prevent injuries. If we can deter people from getting behind the wheel when they’re not sober, we will make progress toward the goal of reducing the number of preventable traffic deaths to Zero In Wisconsin.

Summer Heat is On

Summer Heat Beginning Tuesday, July 1 and continuing through Thursday, July 17, 2014 the Everest Metro Police Department will be participating in the NHTSA sponsored "Summer Heat" campaign. Additional Everest Metro police officers will be on patrol throughout this time frame, with the objective of detecting and citing motor vehicle operators who are not complying with posted speed limits and/or who are not wearing their safety belts. State law allows law enforcement to stop a vehicle when the driver or passengers are observed not wearing a safety belt. The Everest Metro Police Department is committed to improving traffic safety in our community by increasing compliance with traffic laws through education and enforcement. Although law enforcement efforts are an important part of public safety, we rely heavily on the cooperation of motor vehicle operators to be aware of and to follow all traffic laws. The Everest Metro Police Department supports the "Zero In Wisconsin" campaign and believes that we all can make a difference. Please remember to "buckle up", observe posted speed limits, and drive safely. By focusing on proactive approaches to enforcing the speed limit, drunk driving and safety belt laws, we will give an all out effort to save lives and reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries annually in our community and in Wisconsin. Our goal is not to issue more traffic citations. Our goal is to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin.

In the State of Wisconsin, traffic crashes took the lives of more than 500 people in 2008. Thousands of others were injured. Many deaths were caused by speeding while others were a result of drunk driving, or not wearing a safety belt. Tragically, these deaths affect many lives and cause great pain to thousands of people throughout the state. Fortunately, you can help change that number.

Because we care about the people we serve and protect, The Everest Metro Police Department will partner with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and hundreds of other law enforcement agencies in the Zero in Wisconsin campaign. By focusing on proactive approaches to enforcing the speed limit, drunk driving and safety belt laws, we will give an all out effort to save lives and reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries annually in our community and in Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, the ZERO VISION means that any preventable traffic death is one too many. By driving within the speed limit, being sober behind the wheel and wearing your seat belt, you can do simple things that can turn more than 500 annual deaths into zero.

For more information visit the Zero in Wisconsin Web site at www.zeroinwisconsin.gov

Speeding can be defined as exceeding the posted speed limit and driving too fast for conditions. Unfortunately many people do not view obeying speed limits as an important way to avoid crashes. Speeding is regarded as a factor in nearly one-third of all fatal crashes.

The important factors to consider are the following:

  • Speed reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash / to stop the vehicle
  • Speed extends the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation
  • Speed reduces the ability of the driver to steer safely around curves or objects on the road
  • Speed increases the likelihood of crashing
  • Speed increases the severity of a crash once it occurs

    Everest Metro acknowledges that the public needs to be made more aware of the dangers of speeding. If speeding is to be combated more effectively, we would have to devote increased resources to better enforcement, including more law officers to patrol the roads to target aggressive speeding drivers. The Everest Metro Police will increase speed reduction efforts by utilizing the 3E’s strategy namely Education, Enforcement, and Empowerment. It is however the drivers responsibility to obey the traffic speed laws to ensure everyone's safety.

     Current redZones
    Motor Officer Clay Vecchio Birch Street (between Community Center Drive and Schofield Avenue)
    Eau Claire Avenue
    Ross Avenue (between Babl Lane and Mesker Street)
    Sandy Lane
    Jelinek Avenue
    E. Jelinek Avenue (between Von Kanel Street and Camp Phillips Road)

    The redZone Speed Enforcement Campaign will utilize saturated radar enforcement patrols. Officers will be assigned to designated redZone areas to help slow traffic.

  • To protect our citizen's right to be free from criminal attack and be secure in their homes and possessions. The Everest Metropolitan Police Department will utilize all means at its disposal to accomplish this mission.

    We are committed to these principles:

    INTEGRITY We have integrity.
    We adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards. We are honest and sincere in dealing with each other and the community. We have the courage to uphold these principles and are proud that they guide us in all we do.

    FAIRNESS We act with fairness.
    Objective, impartial decisions and policies are the foundation of our interactions. We are consistent in our treatment of all persons. Our actions are tempered with reason and equity.

    RESPECT We show respect.
    We recognize the value of our unique cultural diversity and treat all people with kindness, tolerance, and dignity. We cherish and protect the rights, liberties, and freedoms of all as granted by the constitutions and laws of the United States and the State of Wisconsin.