For nearly two weeks Wisconsin law enforcement officers attempted to stop people from drinking and driving. The statewide crackdown was part of the nationwide campaign, "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest."
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Safety coordinated the federally funded crackdown.
The statewide effort lead to thousands of arrests. Looking beyond the numbers, however, Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent David Collins hopes that the affects of the crackdown are long-lasting.
"Our goal for the crackdown and during the rest of the year is not to make more arrests. We simply want people to voluntarily make the responsible decision to drive only if they're sober."
Collins also stated that last year over 37,000 people were convicted of drunken driving in Wisconsin. The state has one of the highest rates of drunk driving in the nation, something police would like to change.
The crackdown lead to 1,203 arrests for OWI and overall, officers issued 52,000 warnings and citations. Wisconsin is not the only state to aggressively campaign against drunk driving. Organizations from MADD to AAA are leading the fight to end drunk driving.
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