For the City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — To help impaired driving, the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department will join law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin in the “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative that begins on Dec. 15 and continues through New Year’s Day.
“Impaired drivers put themselves at risk — themselves, their passengers, and those along our roadway, said Lieutenant Mike Potocki. “As part of the ‘Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over’ event, our officers will patrol in greater numbers and for longer hours to discourage people from making the dangerous and irresponsible decision of getting behind a wheel impaired.”
The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department suggests all motorists take steps to protect themselves and others:
-Ensure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up — every day, every trip. Watch your speed and be alert.
-If you plan to celebrate, choose a sober designated driver.
-If you’re feeling buzzed, you are likely over the 0.08 BAC limit and should not drive. Take public transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
-The Wisconsin DOT offers a free Drive Sober mobile app that includes a blood alcohol estimator, designated driver selector, and a find-a-ride feature that uses a smartphone’s GPS to locate alternative transportation.
-Some taverns and restaurants have programs and patrons with a safe ride home. Visit tlw.com and click on ‘safe ride’
-Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911. Provide as much detail as possible on the driver, vehicle, and location.