Drunk Driving Arrests Up, Sheriff Urges Residents to Report Dangerous Behavior

Drunk driving arrests are up in 2017 over 2016 totals.

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Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling last week announced that drunk driving arrests by his deputies are up over the last two years and asked all residents to help reduce impaired driving by reporting dangerous behavior.

In a press release sent to media Friday, Schmaling said from Jan. 1 to Dec. 29 there have been 325 drunk driving arrest, up from 288 in 2016 and 267 in 2015.

“We estimate this year, that combined, all of the law enforcement agencies in Racine County will
make approximately 750 operating while intoxicated arrests,” he stated in the release.

With tonight being New Year’s Eve, Schmaling noted that while residents from throughout the county will be celebrating, law enforcement will be out in full force.

“This New Year’s Eve and beyond we want our citizens and visitors to enjoy our local establishments in a
safe and responsible manner,” he wrote. “The Racine County Sheriff’s Office continues to take an aggressive stance toward keeping our streets safe. This weekend will be no different.”

Schmaling wants drivers to also be on the lookout for potentially impaired drivers and to report them immediately.

“In addition to extra enforcement patrols by the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, you have a role in
keeping our families and roads safer. I urge you to immediately report dangerous and impaired drivers
by calling 911,” the release concludes. “Together, let’s wrap up 2017 safely and bring in the new year with no alcohol or drug related crashes!”