To combat drunken driving and increase safety belt use, the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office will intensify its traffic safety enforcement from March 4 to 20, which includes the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The increased enforcement is funded with a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) Bureau of Transportation Safety.
“During the St. Patrick’s Day mobilization and throughout the year, we are striving to prevent motorists from killing and injuring themselves and others on our roadways. Although we’re trying to increase voluntary compliance with traffic laws - not to write more tickets or make more arrests - we will take enforcement action if voluntary compliance fails,” says Sheriff Richard Anderson. “We are serious about traffic safety enforcement because far too many needless deaths and serious injuries are caused by drunken driving and by not wearing safety belts. Because even one preventable traffic fatality is one too many, our goal is to reduce preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin.”
In time for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, WisDOT’s Zero in Wisconsin traffic safety campaign is launching a free “Drive Sober” app for smart phones beginning March 7. This new app includes:
• A location-specific list for contacting nearby taxi and mass transit services for a safe ride home,
• A blood alcohol content (BAC) estimator,
• A designated driver selector,
• Other features to help everyone avoid a drunken driving arrest, or even worse, a tragic crash.
A free download of the app is available online by visiting zeroinwisconsin.gov.