“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign
The Pleasant Prairie Police Department will intensify its traffic safety enforcement efforts during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which will run between August 16 and September 3. Pleasant Prairie is joining with other law enforcement agencies throughout the country in this campaign to deter people from getting behind the wheel when they’re not sober.
“Our objective during this campaign is to save lives and prevent injuries,” explained Pleasant Prairie Interim Police Chief Dave Mogensen. “Our goal is not just to arrest intoxicated drivers, but to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin and to educate the public about the dangers and consequences of impaired driving.”
Under a state law, first-offense operating while intoxicated (OWI) drivers who were convicted with a blood/breath alcohol level of .15 or higher, and all repeat drunken drivers, are required to have an ignition interlock device on every vehicle they own, have registered in their name, or drive. Ignition interlock devices ensure drivers are sober before they can start their vehicle The law also makes first offense OWI a criminal offense if there is a passenger under age 16 in the vehicle.
Chief Mogensen added, “Drunk driving is entirely preventable. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are going, or what time of day it is, we have zero tolerance for those who choose to drive while impaired. If you
drive while impaired, you will be arrested and will face the consequences. If we can deter people from getting behind the wheel when they’re not sober, we will be closer to our goal of reducing preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin.”
Law enforcement also urges everyone to report impaired drivers to law enforcement officers by calling 911.