Hudson police will “be out in force” along with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin to crack down on drunken drivers, Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said. The campaign will run from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2.
Drunken driving is one of the most prevalent and deadly crimes in Wisconsin, according to WisDOT. Last year, 223 people were killed and nearly 300 injured in alcohol-related crashes.
In 2012, there were nearly 27,000 drunken driving convictions in Wisconsin.
“Drunken driving is entirely preventable,” Jensen said. “You can designate a sober driver or find an alternative way home. But if you make the irresponsible choice to drive while impaired, our officers will be on the lookout and we will arrest you.”
The devastating consequences of a drunken driving arrest include “major embarrassment, expensive penalties, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device and possibly jail time,” the police chief said. “Driving drunk will be a decision you regret for the rest of your life.”
To help prevent drunken driving, the Zero in Wisconsin traffic safety initiative has set up this mobile app that includes features like “Find a Ride,” a blood alcohol estimator and designated driver selector.