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Authorities to step up traffic enforcement
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MONROE - Before you pour a green beer or Guinness to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, be sure to give your car keys to a designated driver or make arrangements for a safe ride home.Green County Sheriff's deputies and Monroe police are intensifying traffic-safety enforcement March 5 to 21, which includes the St. Patrick's Day weekend, to combat drunken driving and encourage seatbelt use.The departments announced the stepped-up enforcement this week. The initiative is part of a grant both agencies received from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Safety. "Although we're trying to increase voluntarily compliance with traffic laws - not to write more tickets or make more arrests - we will take enforcement action if voluntary compliance fails," said Lt. Kari Phillips of the Green County Sheriff's Department in a statement.

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