Law enforcement agencies across the state of Wisconsin are taking part in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign throughout the year. The government intends this campaign to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road while also taking advantage of opportunities to educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving.
The campaign is not new. Enforcement officers have run similar campaigns in previous years.
1) What is the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign? This is a nationwide campaign to increase drunk driving enforcement. Wisconsin frequently rates as the most dangerous state for excessive drinking, so state officials have extra incentive to participate. Increased enforcement often takes place over the holiday seasons. The most recent campaign covered the Christmas season, from December 14 through New Year’s Day. Other campaigns will take place throughout the summer, including Memorial Day, which is the deadliest holiday weekend in Wisconsin on the road. There are a greater number of officers on duty and patrols watching for signs of drunk drivers when the campaign is in effect. Signs that could trigger a police stop include a failure to stay within one’s lane while driving or otherwise not abiding by traffic laws.
2) Is the campaign successful? Although numbers for this specific campaign are not yet available, the state has reported the conviction of over 24,000 drivers for drunk driving offenses in 2017.
3) What if I get pulled over? Do not think you can simply pay a fine and move on with your life. The consequences of allegations of drunk driving are serious and can have a negative impact on your future. You can fight these charges. You can better ensure your legal rights are protected by contacting an attorney experienced defending operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) charges in Wisconsin can craft a legal defense strategy to your situation.
Do not take accusations of drunk driving lightly. Take proactive and prompt action. Contact an attorney to begin fighting for your future.