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Law enforcement stepping up drunk driving patrol through Labor Day

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The annual ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign starts Friday and lasts through Labor Day.

In 2018, there were over 24,000 OWI convictions in Wisconsin.

The campaign boosts public safety during a time when high levels of alcohol are being consumed.

Hundreds of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies will patrol in greater numbers and for longer hours during the campaign.

Last year marked a low of alcohol related crashes resulting in death at 159. That is still 159 more than it should be said authorities.

“Wisconsin has always been zero deaths, we’ve always been working to do that and this initiative is part of that. I believe last year, 2018 we had about every two and a half hours, there was either an injury or death with an alcohol related crash,” State Trooper Matt Chambers said.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is using federal funds to support the stepped-up law enforcement efforts.

Declan Levy

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