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Clark County Sheriff's Dept. to step up drunk driving enforcement around St. Patrick's Day

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The Clark County Sheriff's Department will ramp up traffic safety enforcement next month.

According to a press release, the department will intensify its focus on drunk driving and seatbelt use from March 4 to March 20, which includes the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

The increased enforcement will be funded by a $15,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Safety.

"During the St. Patrick's Day mobilization and throughout the year, we are striving to prevent motorists from killing and injuring themselves and others on our roadways. Although we're trying to increase voluntary compliance with our traffic laws-- not to write more tickets or make more arrests-- we will take enforcement action if voluntary compliance fails," says Sheriff Gregory Herrick. "Because even one preventable traffic fatality is one too many, our goal is to reduce preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin."

In time for St. Patrick's Day weekend, WisDOT's Zero in Wisconsin traffic safety campaign is launching a free "Drive Sober" app for smart phones beginning March 7. The app includes the following:

- A location-specific list for contacting nearby taxi and mass transit services for a safe ride home.

- A blood alcohol content (BAC)estimator

- A designated driver selector

A free download of the app is available by visiting zerowisconsin.gov

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