Hudson Police Help with 'Booze and Belts' Campaign

Weeklong, statewide effort aims to reduce preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin to zero.

Seatbelt. Patch file photo
Seatbelt. Patch file photo
It's a good time to take care with your driving—and the Hudson Police Department is putting in special effort Dec. 13–21 to make sure you do. 

The HPD is pitching in with a statewide campaign called Booze and Belts, mobilizing to enforce seatbelt and driving laws. 

"Fatal and serious injuries caused by traffic crashes are tragic any time of year, but they are even more devastating for families during the holiday season," Chief Marty Jensen said in a statement. "To prevent needless deaths and injuries, our officers will be out in force during the Booze and Belts mobilization looking for unbuckled and impaired motorists along with other unsafe driving behavior."

In Wisconsin in 2012, there were 27,000 convictions for drunken driving and almost 105,000 convictions for not wearing a seat belt. 

"Our goal is voluntary compliance with traffic laws, so we urge you to make the responsible decision to buckle up and drive sober," Jensen said. "But if you make an irresponsible decision, we will stop you and we won't give you a warning or a second chance."

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Ed Larson December 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Here's a thought. Our fine police force could actually be busy finding real criminals. Now that might actually be worth while. Ticketing non seat belt wearers and those who have tipped a few but not hurt anyone is nothing but harassment by a police state. This is not an endorsement of drunk driving and no I do not drink and drive. It is an endorsement of returning to a state of freedom where only those who actually hurt someone pay a penalty.
Roach Silverback December 16, 2013 at 07:30 AM
Ed signage is the fix here. Instead of wasting tax payers $$$ on silly stops just put signs up telling us to belt up! I find it interesting our St Croix sheriff didn't provide mutual support on this!
Ed Larson December 16, 2013 at 07:53 AM
Signage is reasonable. I wonder if our sheriff understands what liberty and police harassment by are. If so. Great. When a police force must busy itself with this type of activity you have to question the need for the current number employed.
Roach Silverback December 16, 2013 at 08:43 AM
I blame the top COP - chief of police! Can't believe Hudson tolerates this type of management and waste of resources and overtime. Wonder if the police will post some signage on their "wins" this weekend!


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