Program to discourage drunk drivers starting

Program to discourage drunk drivers starting

Cheryl Sanders
December 16, 2017

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety has kicked off the enforcement component of the Christmas/New Year's Sober or Slammer! campaign to combat impaired driving and reduce highway fatalities and injuries.

As Americans hit the road this holiday season to celebrate with family and friends, it's important that we all drive safely and safe driving means sober driving.

"Our officers will patrol in greater numbers and for longer hours to discourage people from making the unsafe and irresponsible decision of getting behind the wheel impaired", Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk said in a press release.

Wisconsin's 'Drive Sober or Get.

The annual campaign tries to spread awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.

Consequently, arresting impaired drivers will be a top priority, said Lt. Kenny Hickman of the EPD.

While daily operations at the Wausau Police Department won't change, Officer Walters said officers will be extra aware; looking for signs of possible driving. Nationally during 2016, traffic crashes killed 37,461 people.

Of those, 28 percent died in DWI crashes, in which the driver's blood alcohol content exceeded the legal limit of.08. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you get in the vehicle. About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders. These items are your best defense against an impaired driver.

Offenders may also be required to pay a fine, complete court-ordered community service and undergo a court-approved drug and alcohol education/treatment program. "It is vital that we keep travelers safe, not just during the holidays, but every day".

In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will be watching for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers violating the "Move Over Law", which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road.

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