Red Cliff Police Department Participates In State-Wide 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Campaign

Red Cliff Police Department Participates In State-Wide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign’

Citizens urged to help limit impaired-driving tragedies

August 20, 2020

To help save lives and prevent needless tragedies,Red Cliffis joining law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Friday, August 21 through Labor Day (September 7).

These high-visibility law enforcement efforts are intended to discourage motorists from engaging in dangerous driving behaviors that endanger everyone.

Last year in Wisconsin, alcohol-related crashes resulted in 140 deaths and nearly 3,300 injuries. While alcohol-impaired drivers remain a concern, a growing problem involves drug-impaired drivers – people whose ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is compromised by legal or illegal drugs including      prescription and over-the-counter medications. To help combat impaired driving, Wisconsin has:

  • Over 5,000 police officers trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) to help detect and remove impaired drivers from the roadways;
  • 310 highly-trained Drug Recognition Experts - among the most in the nation;
  • 23 multi-jurisdictional high visibility enforcement task forces operating throughout the year, across the state.

There are several ways citizens can help:

  • Never allow someone to get behind the wheel impaired. Find a safe alternative to get them home. If you plan to celebrate, identify a sober designated driver.
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911. Provide as much detail as possible on the driver, vehicle, and location.
  • Make sure that everyone in your vehicle is buckled up – every trip. Watch your speed and eliminate distractions.

“We never want to make that notification that a loved one was injured or killed due to a motorist being under the influence.” - Red Cliff Police Department