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Police Warn Drivers Of Drinking and Driving Ahead Of New Year

The countdown to 2017 has begun. Many police agencies across southeastern Wisconsin are participating in the national campaign, “Drive Sober, Or Get Pulled Over.”

Sgt. Scott Gouin, with Wisconsin State Patrol said they will have extra patrols out looking for drunk drivers this weekend.

Starting Sunday, a new law takes effect, making a fourth drunk driving offense a felony, regardless of when it happens. Currently, a fourth offense is a felony only if it happens within five years of a third offense. The law also increases the maximum sentences for additional offenses.

“If you've had to much to drink, there's plenty of services out there,” said Sgt. Gouin.

He suggests using a ride sharing service like Uber or Lyft, taking a taxi, or public transportation.

Wisconsin DOT also has a free app called "Zero in Wisconsin," with a goal of zero drunk driving related deaths.

It provides information to help find a safe way home, it also has a blood alcohol estimator, and a designated driver selector.

Patrols will be out all weekend, through New Years day.

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