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Sheriff’s office to join in drive sober campaign

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The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office has participated in many statewide enforcement efforts over the years to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin.

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Through Monday, Sept. 1, the sheriff’s patrol deputies will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout the state in an initiative called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Efforts to combat impaired driving in Wisconsin through effective enforcement and education are showing positive results. In the past 10 years, fatalities from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 348 in 2003 to 185 in 2013, which is a 47 percent reduction. Injuries from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 6,445 in 2003 to 2,660 in 2013, which is a 59 percent reduction, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The consequences for impaired driving arrest include public embarrassment, expensive fines, installation of an ignition interlock device, increases in insurance and possibly jail time.

Impaired driving is entirely preventable. Remember, impaired driving arrests are not limited to just alcohol. The sheriff’s office has conducted several arrests for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of illegal drugs as well as prescription medications.

If one is faced with making the decision whether or not to operate a motor vehicle while impaired, consider alternatives and understand the consequences.

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