The UW-Green Bay Police Department has received a grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation to fund additional traffic enforcement related to Alcohol Impaired Driving. Officers will begin to work extra grant funded patrol shifts within the next week and will continue these efforts for the next twelve months. Through the additional patrols, says Police Chief Tom Kujawa, the University hopes to deter drunken driving on campus roads including Nicolet Drive, Circle Drive and others. Statistics show 31 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in Wisconsin durng 2014 were alcohol-related, resulting in 153 deaths. Alcohol-impaired driving is associated with other high-risk behaviors such as speeding and failure to wear seat belts.
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A message from Chief Kujawa — “Drunken driving is completely preventable. If you decide to drink alcohol we ask that you make the right decisions. Getting behind a wheel after drinking is a poor decision to make. Rather than risk an arrest, or even worse a crash, plan ahead have a designated driver, call a sober friend for a ride home, take a cab or bus or use the Brown County Safe Ride Program. Remember: Don’t let your friends drive drunk. Please report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 9-1-1.