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Monroe police to focus on drunk driving
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MONROE - More police will be patrolling Monroe streets in the coming weeks as part of a national effort to crack down on drunk driving.

The Monroe Police Department announced Tuesday it is participating in the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, starting Friday and ending Sept. 7.

Every three hours, on average, someone is killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash in Wisconsin - despite drunk driving being "100 percent perventable," Chief Fred Kelley said in a news release.

"During the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' crackdown campaign, our officers will be out in force to arrest drunken drivers before they kill or injure themselves or an innocent victim," he said.

Police offer the following tips for citizens:

• Choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking.

• If you're feeling buzzed, you are likely over the 0.08 percent limit for blood-alcohol concentration and should not drive.

• Take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

• The free "Drive Sober" mobile app has features for finding a safe ride home and interactive information on the dangers of impaired driving. It can be downloaded at

• Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home. Visit and click on Safe Ride.

• Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911.