UPDATED Monday, April 14, 2014 --- 12:41 p.m.
From our news partner WIBA:
More than 100 traffic stops were made during an OWI enforcement effort in Stoughton this weekend. But, nobody was arrested for drunken driving says Lieutenant Dan Furseth with Deforest Police, one of the departments involved in the multi agency operation.
The tickets handed out were for things like speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.
Motorists are given ample notice ahead of time on where police will be, when they conduct these operations. This coming Saturday, they'll be in the Town of Madison.
The task force does about a dozen of these each year.
Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 --- 10:50pm
Police all across Wisconsin say they've been having big problem with drunken driving. That's why they started a multi-agency approach to get folks talking about the subject.
Fourteen officers from a dozen local law enforcement agencies headed out in Stoughton, Friday night. Officers will set up signs throughout the community, alerting the public of their purpose. They hope that when residents see a squad car from a different jurisdiction it'll make them stop and think, and alert their friends.
This multi-agency crackdown is done several times a year, but with half of all fatal crashes being a result of alcohol officers are hoping to expand it even further.
"When families or even victims themselves is killed is a preventable tragedy; somebody just lost a son, somebody just lost a daughter. It brings it home when it's children or innocent people. But, we need to educate everybody” says Liet. Daniel Furseth, with the DeForest Police Department.
A first OWI offense with leave you with a $800 fine and 6-9 month suspension on your license. Get an OWI again, and you'll not only be looking at bigger fines, but possibly jail time.
The next multi-agency drunken driving crackdown will take place next weekend, in the Town of Madison.