The state wide Booze and Belts Campaign is in full swing, and local law enforcement agencies, like the Portage County Sheriff's Office, are already cracking down.
"We're focusing on deterring operating while intoxicated, or drunk driving violations, and increasing seat belt usage in the area," said Sgt. Jacob Wills, "Operating while intoxicated and failure to use seat belts, or safety restraints, are leading causes of injuries and deaths in Wisconsin. We're trying to reduce that as much as possible."
The campaign officially started Friday, but Sgt. Wills said they've already had to hand out a few citations, "Saturday we had three arrests for operating while intoxicated, one seat belt arrest and four speeding citations." Officials say the overall goal is to end preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin.
"There's obviously still work out there, and we would appreciate their cooperation in assisting us in that goal," said Sgt. Wills. So if you're doing any traveling for the holiday, make sure you drive safe and buckle up!
Booze and Belts is a jurisdictional campaign, involving the Kronenwetter Police Department, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, the Stevens Point Police Department and the Village of Plover Police Department. Booze and Belts officially wraps up Saturday Dec, 20.