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Wisconsin citizens encouraged to stop drunk driving accidents

It may be the responsibility of all Wisconsin citizens to help law enforcement officials keep drunk drivers off the road and keep residents safe from the accidents and tragedies that occur when a person gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking. A car accident in which the driver has been drinking may be devastating and change the lives of many people negatively. Family members of those affected are often left with expensive medical bills or funeral costs because of another person’s bad choice. In an effort to keep residents safe, Wisconsin officials have implemented a yearly event to crack down on drunk drivers.

As police work to keep drunk drivers off the streets, residents are encouraged to participate in the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” event, held from the current day until September 2.

Residents are asked to download the DOT app to help find a ride home after a night of drinking, stop friends from driving drunk and report any drivers who seem impaired to 911 immediately. This campaign is part of the attempts by Wisconsin officials to lower the preventable number of traffic deaths to zero and hit the goal of “Zero in Wisconsin”.

Although police and lawmakers work tirelessly to stop drunk driving, it is not possible for them to pull every drunk driver off the road, and many times tragedy occurs. When a family member is left mourning the loss of a loved one or nursing a person back to health after an accident with a drunk driver, they may be awarded money to cover the costs of the incident if the drunk driver is found to be responsible for the accident.

Source: The Chippewa Herald, “Gottlieb: Trying to curb drunk driving,” Mark Gottlieb, August 23, 2013

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