STATEWIDE - More than 500 people died on Wisconsin roadways last year. Plenty of things factor in, but many of those could have been prevented by not drinking and driving.
The DOT hopes its new smartphone app will help.
You might have seen these commercials recently on our station. They promote the new "Drive Sober" App.
It can use your phone's GPS to find the nearest safe ride. It also has a Blood Alcohol Content estimator and designated driver selection tool.
Oneida County Sheriff's Lieutenant Lloyd Gauthier knows not all car crash deaths are caused by drunk drivers.
But he thinks tools like this one definitely help.
"Some of that's due to intoxication, OWI, seatbelts, speed, so the more inforcement that we do and just educating the public that we certainly don't want to deter people from having a good time, but we want them to do it safely and responsibly," Gauthier said.
The DOT stresses the BAC tool isn't exact. It's meant to give you basic guidance.
The app is free in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
RHINELANDER - Wild Instincts celebrated the release of BBC's "Supercharged Otters," which filmed at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.
Saturday's viewing at Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander had a complementary showing of the episode.
The episode features otters that spent seven months with Rehabilitation Director Mark Naniot and his team.
The episode gives people a look into the life of an otter.
"Like everything else it's the web of life. Everything's all interconnected and even if it's just the pure enjoyment of watching an otter swim or catch a fish and seeing how playful they are sliding down a mudslide or sliding through the snow that alone is immeasurable really," said Naniot.
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