Updated on March 24th, 2021 at 05:35 pm

Summer is coming to a close.  As we make plans with friends and family to hit the road and get in some last minute trips, it is important to remember to stay safe while driving.  Holiday weekends always see an increase in road accidents and fatalities, many as the result of drinking and driving.  Keep yourself and your loved ones safe.  Avoid the consequences of a Wisconsin OWI by staying sober while driving or arranging for a safe ride home.  Increased law enforcement visibility has begun August 19th and will continue through September 5, 2016, to discourage drinking and driving through the nation-wide campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The goal of this nation-wide, federally funded campaign is to increase visibility with advertising and other marketing avenues as well as increased patrols to deter drivers from even getting behind the wheel if impaired and to decrease the number of Operating While Under the Influence offenses as well as saving lives.  Officers will work overtime conducting patrols and checkpoints to crack down on drivers who may be operating while under the influence.   Wisconsin has 33 OWI Task forces that combine with state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as thousands more across the country.

The Effects in Wisconsin

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign and similar efforts combining increased enforcement and public education have seemed to decrease the overall deaths and injuries from alcohol-related crashes.  In the past decade, deaths from alcohol-related crashes have declined approximately 38 percent and injuries by nearly 50 percent in the state of Wisconsin.   Though this appears promising, it is important to note that recently, deaths in alcohol-related crashes increased from 162 in 2014 to 190 in 2015.

A Safe Ride Home

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers a free “Drive Sober” mobile app to assist in finding a safe ride home.  The app uses your smart phone’s GPS locator to find alternate transportation in your area as well as a blood alcohol estimator and designated driver selector.  You can download the app for free at  www.zeroinwisconsin.gov/drivesober/.

Hire a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney

If you do receive a Wisconsin DUI, it is important to hire an attorney with experience in Wisconsin DUI Defense.  Contact Attorneys Nathan J. Dineen or Daniel R. Skarie of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C.  You may complete and submit a Case Review or contact us toll-free at 1-877-384-6800.