It’s the time of year for holiday celebrations and while they may be a little smaller than normal in 2020, safety officials are still concerned about an increase in drunk driving activity. The Wisconsin DOT is launching their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign this Friday in an effort to discourage impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve says his officers will also be diligent about pulling over and arresting those who drive under the influence, whether it’s from alcohol or drugs.

Marinette County has had three traffic fatalities this year, which is lower than the county average. However, two of those deaths were alcohol-related and Sheriff Sauve says if you are going out, the easiest way to avoid adding to those tragedies this season is to find a designated driver.

The Wisconsin DOT reports a recent study showed that during the pandemic, crash victims had a higher prevalence of alcohol, active THC, and opioids in their systems. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over statewide campaign runs through January 1st.