For the City Times
From the DOT Division State Patrol Bureau of Transportation Safety
As law enforcement officials, one of our most difficult duties is having to inform families that a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a crash. It’s especially difficult when the tragedy could have easily been prevented — such as when the person makes the dangerous and irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while impaired.
To help prevent needless tragedies this holiday season, Port Edwards Police Department will join other law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin in the “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that runs from Dec. 15 to New Year’s Day. Officers will be doing extra patrols for longer hours — not simply to make arrests or issue citations, but to encourage voluntary compliance of traffic laws that protect us all.
As motorists and citizens, we all play an important role. Everytime you travel, make sure everyone is buckled up. Watch your speed, and always drive sober and alert. Never allow someone to drive impaired. Remember — your actions could save their live, or someone else’s. If you observe a driver that you suspect is impaired, call 911 from a safe location, and provide as much information as possible.
We’re hoping for a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and wish you all of the same.
-Assistant Chief Lonn J. Radtke