Labor Day Traffic

By: News Release
Aug 31st, 2020

Multiple Grant County Law Enforcement agencies are joining law enforcement agencies
across Wisconsin during the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign from Friday,
August 21 through Labor Day (September 7, 2020). Participating agencies include:
Lancaster Police Department, Platteville Police Department, UW-Platteville Police
Department, Muscoda Police Department, Boscobel Police Department and the Grant
County Sheriff's Office.
"About every three hours in Wisconsin, someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related
crash," Muscoda Police Chief Bill Schramm said. "This is not about stopping or arresting
motorists. This is about saving lives and preventing needless tragedies by encouraging
drivers to be safe and responsible."
Last year in Wisconsin, there were 6,058 alcohol-related crashes that injured 2,918
people and resulted in 140 deaths (about one-quarter of all traffic fatalities). While
alcohol-impaired drivers remain a concern, a growing problem involves drug-impaired
drivers - people whose ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is compromised by legal
or illegal drugs including prescription and over-the-counter medications. To help combat
impaired driving, Wisconsin has:
• 5,223 police officers trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving
Enforcement (ARIDE) to help detect and remove impaired drivers from the
• 310 highly-trained Drug Recognition Experts - among the most in the nation;
• 23 multi-jurisdictional high-visibility enforcement task forces operating throughout
the year, across the state.
Citizens can help in several ways:
 If you plan to celebrate, identify a sober designated driver or find a safe alternative
way home. Never allow someone to get behind the wheel impaired.
 Protect yourself and your passengers every time you travel. Ensure everyone is
buckled up. Watch your speed and eliminate distractions.
 If you suspect a driver is impaired, call 911. Provide as much detail as possible on
the driver, vehicle and location.
 Download the free "Drive Sober" mobile app from the WisDOT website. The app
includes a "find a ride" feature to help locate mass transit and taxi services;
 Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons a safe ride home.
"Drivers impaired by alcohol or other drugs risk the safety of everyone along our
roadways," Boscobel Police Chief Jaden McCullick said. "During the Drive Sober
campaign and throughout the year, our goal is to help ensure all travelers reach their
destinations safely."