Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Everest Metro Police Department to crackdown on drunken motorists during ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ national campaign
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. 16 to Sept. 2, 2013.
Drunken driving continues to be one of the most destructive and deadly crimes in Wisconsin. Last year, 220 people were killed and more than 3,500 injured in nearly 5,800 alcohol-related traffic crashes.
There were more than 40,000 convictions for drunken driving in Wisconsin last year, so law enforcement agencies are certainly finding and arresting impaired motorists. 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.
Under a state law enacted last year, first-offense operating while intoxicated (OWI) drivers who were convicted with a blood/breath alcohol level of .15 or higher and all repeat drunken drivers are required to have an ignition interlock device on every vehicle they own, have registered in their name, or drive. Ignition interlock devices ensure drivers are sober before they can start their vehicle. The law also makes first offense OWI a criminal offense if there is a passenger under age 16 in the vehicle.
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
Beginning Monday, July 1 and continuing through Wednesday, July 17, 2013 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.
Click It Or Ticket
The Everest Metro Police Department will intensify its enforcement of the mandatory safety belt law during the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization from May 20 to June 2. More than 300 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin are expected to participate in this year’s Click It or Ticket, according to Captain Mark Hull. “All too often when responding to a crash, our officers find people killed or seriously injured because they were not buckled up. That’s why we’re serious about safety belt enforcement,” said, Captain Mark Hull. “To save lives and prevent injuries, our officers will stop a vehicle and issue tickets whenever they see a driver or passenger not wearing a safety belt. Our goal is not to write more tickets but to convince people to buckle up voluntarily so that eventually we can reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin. But if voluntary compliance fails and people ignore the law as well as common sense, we will provide a very convincing reminder about wearing their safety belts.” Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are cracking down on unbelted motorists, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Last year, there were nearly 120,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts, which was an all-time high. Among all traffic violations, safety belt convictions in Wisconsin were second only to speeding convictions.
The Wall comes to the Wausau Metro Area
The VietNam Veterans Memorial, also known as The Wall, will be coming to the Wausau Metro Area June 20-24, 2012. It will be set up at the VFW,at 388 River Drive in the City of Wausau. If you haven't viewed the Travelling Wall in awhile, in addition to the 3/4 scale version of the permanent Washington DC Memorial, you will find the addition of a 9-11 Memorial featuring the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, and a memorial to Public Safety employees, Policemen and Fire Fighters. On Thursday, June 21, there will be a flag raising ceremony at noon featuring local honor guards and displays set up by each of your local Police And Fire Departments, including special vehicles and equipment. If you are looking for something different to do with your family on this early summer day, stop by and visit the Memorial and support your local Public Safety officials.
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