IN 2015, THERE WERE AROUND 24-THOUSAND DRUNK DRIVING CONVICTIONS IN WISCONSIN, ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
FIRST NEWS AT NINE’S ZACH PRELUTSKY IS HERE TO EXPLAIN HOW LCOAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE WORKING TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE OVER THE HOLIDAYS.
IN 2018, THE EAU CLAIRE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTED 180 OWI ARRESTS IN JUST THE CITY ALONE.
SO FAR THIS YEAR, THE POLICE DEPARMTENT HAS ALREADY REPORTED MORE CASES THAN 180, INCLUDING 7 IN JUST THE LAST FIVE DAYS ALONE.
WITH NEW YEARS EVE ON THE HORIZON, THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE ARRIVES ALIVE.
THIS VIDEO FROM CHRISTMAS DAY IS JUST ONE OF SEVEN O-W-I CASES EAU CLAIRE POLICE HAVE DEALT WITH IN THE PAST WEEK.
WITH THE HOLIDAY SEASON IN FULL SWING, EAU CLAIRE POLICE WANTS EVERYONE TO CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY.
They might think they’re okay to drive when they’re not. .08 is the legal limit and a couple of drinks depending on how much you’ve eaten, body weight and other factors might get you to that .08 level.
IN WISCONSIN, A PERSON’S FIRST O-W-I OFFENSE IS A FORFEITURE, WHICH RESULTS IN A FINE.
Depending on all the factors, you’re looking at around $1,000 worth of fines. Potentially an ignition interlock device that you have to get installed that costs additional money. But most importantly OWI’s are not a concern because of the fines and penalties, but because of the risk to that individual and the risk that they pose to the individuals in our community.
OFFICER BRIDGET COIT SAYS THE DEPARTMENT USUALLY SEES THREE TO FOUR O-W-I CASES A WEEK.
SO THE JUMP TO SEVEN HAS THEM CONCERNED, ESPECIALLY RIGHT BEFORE NEW YEARS EVE.
They’re going to be focusing on our business district, the bars, restaurant establishments and encouraging people, and making traffic stops if needed, to take a sober ride and more be there as a preventative measure.
AS WE HEAD INTO THE NEW DECADE, LAW ENFORCEMENT WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE CAN MAKE IT THERE SAFELY.
IF YOU ARE GOING OUT TO A PARTY, OFFICER COIT SUGGESTS FINDING A DESIGNATED DRIVER, IN ADDITION TO UBER, LYFT, OR A CAB.
THERE ARE ALSO SAFE RIDES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE TAVERN LEAGUE SAFERIDE PROGRAM, INCLUDING 21 PLACES IN EAU CLAIRE COUNTY.