OWI patrols ramp up with "Booze and Belts" program
WESTON (WAOW) - Police departments across Wisconsin are ramping up their efforts to stop drunk driving with a program called Booze and Belts.
It's designed to prevent traffic crashes during this holiday season.
Law enforcement agencies are using grant money from the state to crack down on drunk drivers and those people not wearing seatbelts.
Officers say this is a reminder for people to make good decisions before heading onto our roads this holiday season.
Captain Mark Hull/Everest Metro Police Dept.: "No one wants to stop anybody from having fun, as long as we can do it safely. This is a reminder that if you do have a little bit too much to drink that you have a safe ride."
Law enforcement officials report more than 40,000 drunk driving convictions last year.
Booze and Belts runs from December 9th through the 17th. It includes other agencies in our viewing area from Minocqua to Marshfield.