Area law enforcement agencies will continue to be out this weekend to encourage seat belt use and discourage drunk driving.
The event is part of the Booze and Belts campaign, which began last week and will continue through Sunday. During the campaign law enforcement agencies are cracking down on impaired drivers and unbuckled motorists.
Oneida County Sheriff Lt. Lloyd Gauthier says, “Fatal and serious injury traffic crashes can turn a joyous holiday season into a time of tragedy.” He added, “To prevent these needless tragedies, our officers will be out in force during the Booze and Belts mobilization.”
Last year in Wisconsin, there were approximately 35,000 convictions for drunken driving and nearly 85,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts.
Meanwhile, deputies in Lincoln County will also be working extra shifts through the end of the month as they hope to assist the achievement of “Zero in Wisconsin”. Grant money will be used to provide extra patrol cars on Lincoln County roadways through the holidays.
Deputies will focus on speed, seatbelt use and removing drunk drivers from the roadways. Sheriff Jeff Jaeger noted “the Holidays are a time to focus on family and traditions, not to deal with the tragic aftermath of a preventable crash.” He continued by saying, “Slow down, buckle up, and drive sober if you plan on driving in Lincoln County.