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Community Briefing

The Brown Deer Police Department will use this blog to provide residents with current crime information and trends, crime prevention tips, as well as pertinent news, legal updates, and notes as it relates to your community and Police Department. E-mail the department | Police Department's Web Site

SLOW DOWN IN SCHOOL ZONES

Now that the holidays have wrapped up, SCHOOL is back in session. This means drivers need to watch out for the school buses and child pedestrians in the village. Here are some helpful reminders regarding traffic safety and school zones:

 

When traveling in a school zone there is always a potential of children darting out into the roadway or oncoming traffic. Therefore, motorists traveling through school zones need to travel safely and obey the traffic laws.

 

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Brown Deer Police Department Chaplain Corp.

Many people in our community are not aware that the Brown Deer Police Department has a very committed and dedicated group of Chaplains.

 

We recognize that in our line of work, we sometimes meet people in the worst circumstances of life and when they need help the most.  In addition, we recognize that the stresses of the job can sometimes take its toll on the individual officer or the department as a whole. It is for these reasons that we have the Chaplains Corps.

 

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BE AWARE OF DRUNK DRIVERS

                        How often have you seen someone driving down the road that you were pretty sure was drunk, or at least driving dangerously?  Haven't you said to yourself, "I wish a police officer was here to see this and pull this guy over!" Here is some information on drunk driving, how to prevent it, and how to report impaired drivers to police.Drunken driving in Wisconsin is:Prevalent: Deadly:
  • Alcohol-related crashes killed 337 people in Wisconsin and injured more than 5,500 in 2007.
  • Approximately 46 percent of all fatal traffic crashes in Wisconsin are alcohol-related, and 47 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin are alcohol-related.
Expensive and embarrassing:
  • Choosing to drive while impaired by alcohol or other drugs could be a decision you'll regret the rest of your life.
  • If you're arrested, you can lose your license as well as a huge amount of money.
  • Repeat drunken driving offenders also face imprisonment.
  • If you hurt or kill someone in a crash you could face extremely serious charges, like negligent homicide or operating while intoxicated (OWI) causing injury.
  • Refuse a blood/breath alcohol concentration (BAC) test and you will lose your license on the spot for at least one year and you may have your car impounded.
  • If you drive drunk with a child under age 16 in the vehicle, the penalties will double.
  • If you have two prior drunken driving convictions and have a BAC over 0.17, the penalties are multiplied.
  Entirely Preventable:
  • Choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking.
  • If you're feeling buzzed, you probably are over the 0.08 limit and should not drive.
  • Rather than risk an arrest or even worse a crash, take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Save a life - don't let your friends drive drunk.
  • Don’t serve intoxicated patrons. In addition, some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home. Visit www.tlw.org/ (Tavern League of Wisconsin website)
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement or call 911.
  • Driving defensively and wearing your seat belt or using protective gear on your motorcycle is your best protection against an impaired driver.
How to Report a Drunk Driver ·         Call 911 and tell them you wish to report a drunk driver. ·         Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. ·         Give a complete description of the vehicle, such as make, model, color and license plate. ·         Describe the manner in which the vehicle is being driven. ·         To assist police, please give your name and call back numberSome Basic Signs That May Indicate An Impaired Driver:·         Turning with a wide radius for no apparent reason ·         Straddling the center of the road or lane marker ·         Almost striking an object or another vehicle ·         Continuous weaving or zigzagging across the road ·         Swerving or abruptly turning away from a generally straight course ·         Turning abruptly or illegally ·         Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit ·         Stopping without cause in a traffic lane or stopping inappropriately·         Continuous erratic braking ·         Driving into opposing or crossing traffic ·         Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions ·         Slow response to traffic signals, including sudden stops and delayed starts ·         Driving with headlights off The signs listed above are only possible indicators of impaired driving and other factors could cause these driving conditions.  

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