Hartford Police will be again participating along with other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin and the rest of the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunken drivers from now until September first. According to Lieutenant Rod Lehl of the Hartford Police Department, this is an effort to help reduce the number of drunken driving deaths and injuries on our roadways.
Transportation officials say drunken driving deaths and injuries in the state have dramatically declined over the last decade. The Department of Transportation released data showing the number of fatalities in alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin dropped 47%, from 348 in 2003 to 185 in 2013. The number of injuries fell 59%, from 6,445 in 2003 to 2,660 last year. The overall number of alcohol-related crashes dropped 45%, from 9,007 in 2003 to 4,945 in 2013. Hartford police hope by enforcing this campaign, they can add to this decreasing total.