Don’t Be A Turkey On The Road

November 25, 2008
Contact: Elise Schaffer, PIO Phone: (608) 284-6142 Email: schaffer@co.dane.wi.us
Sheriff's Office

With Thanksgiving being one of the busiest holidays on Wisconsin highways, Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney wants to remind drivers to be prepared for the unexpected. Weather and road conditions can change on a moments notice. People are rushing to get to family gatherings and do their holiday shopping. With so much to accomplish and stress levels high, it can be easy to forget the simple things…Buckle-up, drive the speed limit, and drive sober. In a special effort to keep drunk drivers off the road this weekend, Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies will be conducting an alcohol enforcement project on Friday, November 28th. Five additional deputies will be patrolling Dane County to arrest drunk drivers. Between Friday afternoon (Nov. 21) and Monday morning (Nov. 24), Dane County Deputies arrested 10 people for Operating While Intoxicated. In 2007, 337 people died in alcohol related crashes on Wisconsin roads. So when celebrating this weekend, designate a sober driver, use public transportation, or stay at your location until you’re sober. Your loved ones will be thankful you did. The alcohol enforcement project is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Additional enforcement projects will be conducted throughout 2009 as part of this grant. ###