'Booze and Belts' underway across SE Wisconsin
30 different law enforcement agencies are coming together with a simple goal, find impaired drivers, and get them off Wisconsin roads.
Saturday night, dozens of officers gathered at a parking lot in Milwaukee, ready to hit the streets for OWI enforcement.
It signaled the start of the annual 'Booze and Belts' campaign, which resulted in over 300 OWI arrests last year.
"Historically, about 33% of fatal crashes are attributed to alcohol," says Milwaukee Sgt. Greg Sousek. "We're trying to crack down on this problem as we can."
Throughout the campaign, departments will allocate officers strictly for OWI enforcement. Throughout the holiday season, officers hope to cut down on the number of alcohol related traffic incidents.
"In my 19 years on the job, I've been to so many crashes and seen so many people's lives end short because of another impaired driver," says Sousek.
The department is also hosting a 'Winter Drive Sober Initiative", which begins December 18th.