If you're planning on getting in the spirit at all of those holiday parties in the coming weeks, find a designated driver or use a ride share app to get home. Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be stepping up law enforcement efforts all around the state to help deter drunk driving.
"This annual initiative combines federal, state and local resources to raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving and helps prevent needless tragedies along our roadways," WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said. "We want everyone to have a safe, enjoyable holiday. Motorists can do their part by buckling up, driving sober and avoiding distractions."
Law enforcement will patrol in greater numbers and for longer hours from Friday, Dec. 13 through New Year's Day.
How citizens can help with the campaign:
· If you suspect a driver of being impaired, call 911. Be prepared to provide as much detail as possible about the driver, vehicle and location.
· If you plan to celebrate, identify a sober designated driver. Never allow someone else to get behind the wheel impaired.
· Download the free “Drive Sober” mobile app from the WisDOT website. It includes a “find a ride” feature to help locate transportation alternatives.
· Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons a safe ride home. Visit the Tavern League Website and click on “Safe Ride.”