Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office reminding motorists to drive sober

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Ahead of Labor Day weekend, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is reminding drivers to be safe and celebrate responsibly. 

The Sheriff's Office says drinking and driving while under the influence contributed to more than 80% of wrong-way driving incidents in the last three years in Milwaukee County. 

The MCSO wants drivers to remember to:

  • Obey all drinking and driving laws
  • Move over a lane for emergency vehicles, tow trucks and first responders
  • Slow down for emergency vehicles, tow trucks and first responders
  • Slow down for weather, road and construction work conditions
  • Designate a sober, responsible, and licensed driver
  • Use one of the many alternative forms of transportation available to the public
  • Underage drinking is against the law

MCSO encourages residents and visitors to enjoy area parks and have fun at the lakefront. And, also reminds the public to follow the code of conduct signs posted at our County Parks and to obey all drinking and driving laws.

As part of the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, hundreds of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies will be out in full force and for longer hours to keep the roads safe over Labor Day weekend. 

Last year in Wisconsin, alcohol-related crashes resulted in 159 deaths and nearly 3,300 injuries.

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