Statewide 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign aims to discourage impaired driving

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) --  Several police departments statewide are participating in a 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign from August 16 through Labor Day.

The Kenosha Police Department says alcohol-related crashes resulted in 159 deaths in Wisconsin last year, and nearly 3,300 injuries. According to Oconomowoc police, someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash every 2.5 hours in Wisconsin.

The departments say that while alcohol-impaired drivers remain a concern, a growing problem involves drug-impaired drivers. 

Officers will be working extra hours and looking for reckless driving behaviors, in an effort to discourage people from getting behind the wheel impaired.

Authorities say there are several ways citizens can help -- by never allowing someone to drive impaired, calling 911 to report suspected drunk driving, wearing a seat-belt, watching the speed limit, being patient, and alert. 

Police also suggest using the "Drive Sober" mobile app from the WisDOT website. The app includes a "find a ride" feature to help locate mass transit and taxi services.

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