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Booze and Belts CampaignSubmitted: 12/06/2012
Story By Michael Crusan

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RHINELANDER - Police across the state are working together over the next week to enforce a special campaign during the holiday season.

The booze and belts campaign runs from this Friday through Sunday the 16th and police are increasing their patrols to keep everyone safe.

This program is part of Wisconsin's drive towards zero deaths on the road and police want to keep the number of accidents and OWI's at a minimum.

Lt. Lloyd Gauthier of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says, "We just want people to realize that last year 225 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents, alcohol related, over 3,000 were injured. We specifically want people in Oneida County to enjoy the Christmas season and the holiday season, but be doing it safely."

Booze and Belts is funded through a state grant and allows more officers to patrol the roads and check drivers, Gauthier says, "If a law enforcement officer sees you operating a motor vehicle and you're not properly wearing your seatbelt, you can be stopped for that, it's a primary enforcement. It used to be just children under the age of nine, now it includes adults."

Officers want to remind you to think before you drink and set up a safe ride home ahead of time.

This is also a good time to remind you of the Tavern League of Wisconsin's Safe Ride Home Program which gives you a free ride home from participating restaurants and bars.

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