Waukesha police will be out in full force along with other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin and the rest of the nation for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunken drivers.
The initiative began last week and goes until Sept. 2.
According to a news release, 223 people were killed and more than 3,000 were injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes last year in Wisconsin.
Sgt. Dave Wanner of the Waukesha Police Department said there were more than 27,000 convictions for drunken driving in 2012 in the state.
"Law enforcement agencies are certainly finding and arresting impaired motorists, but too many people still make the irresponsible and dangerous decision to get behind the wheel while impaired," Wanner said. "Every officer in our agency has zero tolerance for drunken drivers.
"It doesn't matter who you are, where you are going or what time of day — if you're driving while impaired you will be arrested and will face devastating consequences, such as major embarrassment, stiff penalties and possibly jail time. Driving drunk will be a decision you'll regret the rest of your life, if you are lucky enough to live."
Wanner added, "drunken driving is entirely preventable. During the upcoming Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown and throughout the year, our goal is not to arrest more drunken drivers. We simply are trying to save lives and prevent injuries. If we can deter people from getting behind the wheel when they're not sober, we will make progress toward the goal of reducing the number of preventable traffic deaths to Zero In Wisconsin."
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