Police Partner for OWI Crackdown

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by Elizabeth Fay

Police agencies from Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties are teaming up for St. Patrick's Day weekend to prevent people from drinking and driving.

MILWAUKEE --"We are going to be pretty much boots on the ground and enforce our drunk driving laws to the best of our ability," says Lt. Tim Sharpee of the Wauwatosa Police Department.

Police lined up outside Mo's Irish Pub in Wauwatosa which is partnering with law enforcement agencies to encourage people to plan for a safe ride home. A spokesperson for Mo's Irish Pub, Jennifer Grotto, says bartenders there take safety serisouly and says they're reminded not to overserve.

"You never know where people might have been before they got to your bar. Bars open at 6:00 a.m. so they might have stopped at two other places before they got to yours at 10: 00 a.m. so you really have to be cautious and pay attention," says Grotto.

About 100 officers will work overtime to cover Milwaukee County and make their presence known to partiers. Police says a safe ride home starts with a plan. For Katie Miller and her friends that means choosing a designated driver. "We know we want to have fun, but we also know that family and friends out there that have been through tragedy and loss due to drunk drivers so we always make sure that someone takes their turn and everyone else can have the fun drinkin. But it doesn't mean that I can't have fun today either," she says.

 

 

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