Labor Day weekend is a time for celebration and, for the Grant County Sheriff's Department, an opportunity to crackdown on drunk driving. Grant County was among many Wisconsin counties that increased patrols over the long weekend.
Their goal was not just to arrest drunk drivers; it was to prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel after drinking. Grant County Sheriff Kevin Govier sees this crackdown and others like it as a way to prevent accidents.
"We simply are trying to save lives and prevent injuries," he said. "If we can deter people from getting behind the wheel when they are impaired, we will make progress toward the goal of reducing the number of preventable traffic deaths in Grant County and in Wisconsin."
All too often accidents in Wisconsin are caused by drunk drivers. The state Department of Transportation reported that in just one year alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin killed 234 people and injured over 4,000. In addition more than 37,000 drivers were convicted of drunken driving.
Hopefully the local crackdown and the nationwide campaign, "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest," will prevent needless deaths and injuries.
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