Grant allows police to focus on impaired drivers, speeders

Wausau Daily Herald • March 12, 2009

The Wausau Police Department and Marathon County Sheriff’s Department will conduct saturation patrols this month looking for intoxicated motorists and speeding drivers.

The added patrol is part of a Bureau of Transportation Safety grant the two departments received. Deputies and officers will be deployed in high-risk areas and will strictly enforce all alcohol, speed and seat belt violations.

The grant is part of a state-wide collaboration by law enforcement to have a higher visibility to prevent injuries and deaths that result from impaired driving and speeding.

In 2008, the grant allowed the two departments to arrest 568 impaired drivers and issue 3,501 citations for speeding during an enforcement period, according to a press release.

In 2007, 337 people died in alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin, according to the news release. Impaired driving and speeding are the two most common causes of crashes on Wisconsin roadways.