From: Sergeant Ryan Cox
Date: December 17, 2014
Subject: Booze and Belts Traffic Safety
Sun Prairie PD joined Booze and Belts traffic safety mobilization
To increase safety belt use and reduce drunken driving, Sun Prairie PD has mobilized for the statewide “Booze and Belts” campaign from Dec. 12th to the 20th.
The combination of impaired driving and unbuckled motorists is obviously dangerous. Add in the wintery road conditions during this time of year and the risks increase. Our officers will be out in force during the Booze and Belts mobilization looking for unbuckled and impaired motorists in an effort to prevent these tragic combinations.
High-visibility law enforcement mobilizations, like Booze and Belts, are helping to save lives and reduce injuries.
In the past 10 years, fatalities from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 348 in 2003 to 185 in 2013, which is a 47 percent reduction. Injuries from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 6,445 in 2003 to 2,660 in 2013, which is a 59 percent reduction. In addition, seat belt use in Wisconsin is at an all-time high with nearly 85 percent of drivers and passengers buckling up, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
We’re making progress toward the goal of zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin, but far too many people are still needlessly killed or injured in traffic crashes. We are striving for voluntary compliance with traffic laws, so we urge you to make the responsible decision to buckle up and drive sober.
Thank you all and stay safe!