According to Wisconsin Department of Transportation statistics, alcohol-related fatalities have decreased by nearly 50% over the past ten years as a result of law enforcement and public awareness campaigns, the Post Crescent reported on July 22.
Numbers have been steadily decreasing, from 223 deaths in 2012 to 162 in 2014. The Director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety for the DOT, David Pabst, commented on the positive reduction, saying, “That is huge. It’s still a problem, but we have made significant inroads into this problem.”
While roadblocks are illegal in Wisconsin, drunk-driving task forces are allowed to conduct roving patrols looking for drivers who exhibit suspicious behavior behind the wheel. Announcements of where these task forces will be are made on social media sites in advance. In addition to these patrols, Pabst created the Tavern League of Wisconsin’s SafeRide Program, which provides sober rides to intoxicated drivers. The program is financed by surcharges for operating-while-intoxicated offenders and donations from local bars.
While these statistics represent a positive trend in road safety, the attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, know that dangerous drivers are still out there. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, call us at (414) 271-0900 to learn about pursuing financial compensation from those responsible.