Dane County sheriff’s deputies ramping up drinking and driving enforcement

Dane County sheriff’s deputies ramping up drinking and driving enforcement

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office has received a $90,000 federal grant to increase alcohol enforcement on highways.  The funding will allow six deputies to be added to patrols on weekend nights.  Those deputies will be patrolling in areas where data shows high numbers of crashes and impaired drivers.

“We’re hoping it will have a positive impact.  Certainly in Dane County we have a lot of traffic crashes and we have a lot of accidents and unfortunately we have multiple fatalities every year.  We’re hoping that the additional presence out there and law enforcement visibility will help deter people from drinking and driving and encourage people to slow down and wear their seat belts,” says Sgt. Heil, with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

Heil says that traffic fatalities statewide are up approximately 30 percent over last year.