In all, a metro-wide sweep the night before Thanksgiving resulted in 16 drunken driving arrests in 214 stops after the enforcement action was heavily publicized in advance.
A program to catch drunken drivers may have done the world one better, in the opinion of local law enforcement agencies. With plenty of advance notice that a dedicated task force of officers would be on the sharp lookout, only a small percentage of traffic stops Wednesday night and into Thursday morning yielded OWI arrests. Police officers would like to believe that in part, that was because of the highly publicized effort to make drivers aware they were being watched — and that they behaved better as a result. The City of Brookfield and Village of Elm Grove each dedicated four patrols to the metro-wide sweep focused on ferreting out intoxicated drivers. The Town of Brookfield had two police officers. Elm Grove's single drunken driving …
Six departments participating in Thanksgiving drunken driving task force will gather Wednesday night at Mayfair and Blue Mound in public display of their intentions.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
- Jim Price
Monday, November 19, 2012
If you want to see some police officers whom you really don't want to meet under unfortunate circumstances over the Thanksgiving weekend, just drive by North Mayfair and Blue Mound roads about 8:30 Wednesday night. It's intended to be a sobering experience. Area police departments that participate in the Southeast Wisconsin High-Visibility Enforcement OWI Task Force plan to be out in force to enforce over the holiday, and they want you to know it. In the hope that a very public display of an array of law enforcement power aimed at catching drunken drivers will deter some people from thinking about driving after drinking in the first place, the departments will hold public roll calls timed to remind everyone just before festivities begin…