As families and friends get together for the holidays, Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials ask everyone to celebrate the season safely. The Division of State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin will be stepping up enforcement for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The national effort runs from Wednesday, December 15 through New Year’s Day. The goal is to prevent tragedies during the holidays by boosting patrols to get impaired drivers off the road. Someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash about every three hours in Wisconsin. 167 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2020, which made up more than one-quarter of all traffic fatalities in the state. Drugged driving is also a significant concern. Last year, 80 people died in drug-involved crashes, up from 59 deaths in 2019. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign aims to eliminate that risk on the roads, but it’s not just about stopping, citing, or arresting drivers. The campaign is focused on saving lives.
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