UPDATED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 -- 7:50 a.m.
From Rock County Sheriff's Department:
Prior to Friday, December 14th, Booze-N-Belts countywide deployment, local media outlets were contacted, Lamar Advertising provided the use of an electronic billboard, and area high schools made announcements all with the same message about the upcoming countywide initiative. Notification of the media was made eight days in advance while the Lamar billboard was active five days prior to the event. The school announcements were made before school let out that day.
The results of the efforts from grant funded deployments are as follows:
• 100 Seatbelt Citations
• 47 Speed Citations
• 43 Operating After Revocation/Suspension
• 97 Other Traffic offenses
• 135 Warnings
In addition to the citations there were seven warrant arrests made and four drug arrests. All agencies including departments not receiving grant funding, stepped up there efforts in order to ensure motorists were driving safely through their respective communities. No Operating While Intoxicated arrests were made during the grant deployments. On duty patrol statistics were not readily available for every agency.
The list of agencies supporting the Booze-N-Belts deployment is:
• City of Beloit Police
• Town of Beloit Police
• Village of Clinton Police
• City of Edgerton Police
• City of Evansville Police
• Town of Fulton Police
• City of Janesville Police
• City of Milton Police
• Town of Milton Police
• Rock County Sheriff’s Office
• Town of Turtle Police
• WI State Patrol
Posted Monday, December 3, 2012 --- 8:27 p.m.
Press Release from the DOT:
Booze and Belts traffic safety mobilization strives to save lives
Law enforcement agencies will intensify enforcement December 7-16
To prevent serious traffic crashes during the upcoming holiday season, law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin will mobilize for the “Booze and Belts” campaign from December 7 to December 16.
Last December, there were more than 11,000 traffic crashes in Wisconsin, which caused 51 deaths and more than 3,500 injuries, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).
During Booze and Belts, law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on impaired and unbuckled motorists to make progress toward the goal of reducing the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin.
Law enforcement officers also will be on the lookout for unbelted drivers and passengers during Booze and Belts. In 2011, there were nearly 85,000 convictions in Wisconsin for failure to fasten safety belts, which was the second most frequent traffic conviction.
“Although deaths and injuries from traffic crashes devastate individuals, families and entire communities throughout the year, they seem to be even more tragic during the holiday season,” Major Huxtable says. “For all of us, the best gift we can give our loved ones is to ensure they come together to celebrate the holidays rather than mourn a needless injury or death.”