The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office is joining law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin and the nation during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from Wednesday, August
17 through Labor Day.
Officers will work together during this time to take impaired drivers off the roads and keep
everyone safe as the summer travel season wraps up.
“Our goal is to keep our roads safe from the dangers of impaired driving. Deaths and injuries
due to impaired driving are preventable. We want to make sure all travelers reach their
destinations safely,” Sheriff Kowalczyk said.
Someone is killed in an impaired driving crash every two hours in Wisconsin. Last year in
Wisconsin, there were 6,368 alcohol-related crashes, including 166 deaths. Alcohol contributed
to more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities.
Drug-impaired drivers are also putting people in danger on the roads. A driver’s ability to safely
operate a motor vehicle is compromised by drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter
medications. Last year, there were 2,094 drug-related crashes that caused 74 deaths.