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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.
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.
- Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunken driving in the nation. More than 26 percent of Wisconsin adults who were surveyed admitted that they had driven under the influence of alcohol in the previous year, according to a nationwide study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k8/stateDUI/stateDUI.cfm) released in April 2008.
- More than 42,000 drivers - about equal to the population of Fond du Lac - were convicted of drunken driving offenses in Wisconsin in 2007.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.