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DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER - FACT SHEET AND TALKING POINTS:
November 16, 2015

MANITOWOC  COUNTY  SHERIFF'S OFFICE  1025 South 9th Street        Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220

Sheriff - Robert C. Hermann                                Inspector  - Gregg J. Schetter

The Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office is asking for your support of a new initiative to combat drunken driving in our community. To prevent needless deaths and injuries from drunken driving crashes, our department will team up with other law enforcement agencies in Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties for a High-Visibility Education and Enforcement (HVEE) Task Force.

Our first HVEE Task Force deployment is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Subsequent deployments will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, which is the day before Thanksgiving, and Sunday, Dec. 13.

The task force agencies will be putting more officers on patrol for longer hours to stop, test and arrest drunken drivers. However, the task force's primary goal is to keep people from getting behind the wheel while impaired-not to make more arrests. Therefore, the task force also will focus on education and outreach in our local communities to convince people that drunken driving is prevalent, deadly and entirely preventable.

We are asking that you help us spread the lifesaving message that our community is serious about preventing drunken driving. Please consider using your social media communications, signage on your property, and whatever resources you have to communicate with your employees, customers and others about the dangers of drunken driving. A fact sheet on drunken driving in Wisconsin is attached. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Jason J. Orth, Lieutenant
Manitowoc County Phone: (920) 683-4200     
Jail Fax: (920) 683-4405     
Patrol Fax: (920) 683-4946      
Records Fax: (920) 683-4342
 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

FACT SHEET & TALKING POINTS

 Drive Sober  or  Get Pulled Over crackdown- August  21 to September 7, 2015
  • To save lives and prevent injuries, law enforcement officers from all over Wisconsin and throughout the nation will be patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours to arrest impaired drivers and get them off the road.

          The goal is not to arrest more drunken drivers. The goal is to deter drunken driving, so that we can reach our ultimate goal of zero preventable traffic deaths.

We’re making progress in combating drunken driving:

  • Efforts to combat drunken driving in Wisconsin through effective enforcement and education are showing positive results, according to Wisconsin DOT statistics.

Last year, there were 162 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes. Deaths in alcohol-related crashes in 2014 were 23 fewer than 2013 and 56 fewer than the five-year average.

  • Although we're making progress in preventing drunken driving, too many people are still being killed or injured because of the irresponsible decision to drive while impaired.

 Drunken driving is completely preventable:

  • Choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking.

 If you're feeling buzzed, you likely are over the 0.08 BAC limit and should not drive.

 Rather than risk an arrest, take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

 The Zero In Wisconsin traffic safety program has a free "Drive Sober" mobile app that can be downloaded by visiting zero in wisconsin.gov.

  • Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home. Visit www.tlw.org/ and click on Safe Ride.

 Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911.