Drinking and driving big concern during holidays

To the editor:

This holiday season and throughout the year, our goal is to help make roadways as safe as possible for everyone. As part of these efforts, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office will join law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday campaign from Dec. 14 through Jan. 1.

Whether it’s caused by alcohol, legal or illegal drugs, getting behind the wheel impaired is dangerous and irresponsible. Impaired drivers risk injuring or killing themselves, their passengers, and all other travelers along our roadways.

Alcohol-related crashes remain a significant concern in Wisconsin, resulting in 169 deaths and over 3,300 injuries last year. A growing problem in Wisconsin and many other states involves drugged drivers — people whose ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is compromised by prescription or over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs such as heroin.

There are several ways citizens can help. If you see a driver that you suspect is impaired, call 911 and provide as much detail as you can. Never allow someone else to drive impaired. Finally, protect yourself and your passengers every trip by buckling up, set aside distractions, watch your speed, be patient and alert.

We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas.

Adam Bieber,

Shawano County Sheriff