Vilas and Oneida County Sheriff’s Departments are stepping up drunk driving patrols starting this weekend. The statewide Booze and Belts campaigns also targets drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts.
Vilas County Captain Russ Kennedy says grants from the state Department of Transportation pay for deputies to work overtime, targeting drunk driving and unbuckled seatbelts.
Local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk driving. It’s Wisconsin’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, running for two and a half weeks between August 16th and September 2nd.
Lieutenant Dave Jaeger of the Minocqua Police Department says officers will be extra vigilant during this time.
“They’ll be doing more traffic enforcement. You know, you keep a closer eye. And you’re out there conducting more traffic contacts in an effort to eliminate or at least cut back on people making the wrong decision.”