The Everest Metro Police Department will join other Wisconsin law enforcement agencies in a statewide effort to crack down on impaired and unbuckled motorists.
Booze and Belts begins today and will continue through Dec. 16, and is part of an effort to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin. The campaign will result in increased enforcement of drunken driving and driving without wearing a seat belt.
"Fatal and serious injury traffic crashes can turn a joyous holiday season into a time of tragedy," said Capt. Mark Hull in an Everest Metro P.D. news release. "To prevent these needless tragedies, our officers will be out in force during the 'Booze and Belts' mobilization. While patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours, they will arrest drunken drivers and ticket unbuckled motorists."
Last year in Wisconsin, there were about 35,000 convictions for drunken driving and about 85,000 convictions for failure to wear a seat belt.
"We urge you to make the responsible decision to buckle up and drive sober," Hull said. "But if you don't, our intensified enforcement during the mobilization will increase your risk of getting caught."