The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is teaming with local law enforcement agencies across the state to crack down on drunken driving over the holidays. The annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that will run from December 15th through January 1st.
Director of Transportation Safety for the Wisconsin DOT, David Pabst, says they know people usually drink a little more during the holiday season so they’re just taking the necessary precautions.
“We just do know that there is a lot of extra partying going on and people are enjoying themselves and trying to get in the spirit of the holidays and they tend to drink a little more,” said Pabst. “So, we definitely want to have our officers out there to ensure that they’re in compliance with the law.”
To go along with the added enforcement, Pabst says they’ve launched an app to help those who have been drinking find a way home.
He said, “We have a “Drive Sober” mobile app that allows you to identify a safe way home. Whether it’s a taxi or some other driver service that’s available in their area.”
Last year there were nearly 24,000 convictions for drunken driving. Pabst says the DOT is hoping to change people’s mind when it comes to driving while drunk and not to just increase arrests.