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Avoid drunk driving charges over Labor Day weekend

It's that time of year again: Labor Day weekend. A time when we spend the weekend with family and friends at fun barbeques and parties. Most Wisconsin residents look forward to this fun time to enjoy the last days of summer with the people we love. Wisconsin police also prepare for this time because it's when they increase their drunk driving patrols via the statewide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative started on Friday, Aug. 18, and will not end until Labor Day, Sept. 4. Here's what the Director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Safety said about the campaign: "Whether it's caused by alcohol, prescription medications or other drugs, impaired driving is illegal, it's dangerous, and it risks the lives of everyone along our roadways."

Wisconsin drivers be warned: The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative means that extra officers will be patrolling the roads for more hours of the day. The increased visibility of police is meant to encourage people to drive responsibly and refrain from getting behind the wheel while drunk. The officers will also be conducting more arrests. WisDOT is encouraging drivers to download its Drive Sober mobile application which offers a blood alcohol estimator, a feature to select your designated driver for the night and a find-a-ride home feature, which helps you find alternative transportation if you become inebriated.

Were you arrested and accused of drunk driving due to no fault of your own? Many Wisconsin residents are charged with drunk driving inappropriately, when they haven't had too much to drink. No matter what the circumstances of your drunk driving arrest, you will have the opportunity to defend yourself against the charges in criminal court.

Source: merrillfotonews.com, "Statewide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ initiative runs through Labor Day," Aug. 27, 2017

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