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Dane County Sheriff's Office

OWI Enforcement - Pending Winter Storm

December 07, 2009
Sgt. Nick Skrepenski Phone: (608) 284-6155 FAX: (608) 284-6043
Sheriff's Office

Madison, WI.  December 7th, 2009  - The Dane County Sheriff’s Office will have additional deputies out starting tonight, and throughout the upcoming winter months working specialized OWI deployments on Dane County roads.  This deployment is funded by a grant from the Department of Transportation and is aimed at reducing the three primary factors involved in fatality crashes; alcohol, speed, and failure to use a seatbelt.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office would also like to remind people of a major winter storm heading to Wisconsin.  The storm has potential of delivering up to 12 inches of snow from Tuesday evening into Wednesday.  The National Weather Service has advised that the Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning beginning at noon on Tuesday. There is a potential for a portion of the forecast area to eventually be upgraded to a blizzard warning if the storm intensifies more than currently forecast.

 The Dane County Sheriff’s Office offers the following winter weather driving tips:

Ø       Check your local weather reports before leaving.

Ø      Be especially aware of ice on bridges and overpasses.

Ø      Always make sure your vehicle has plenty of gas.

Ø      Maintain a winter survival kit in your vehicle with such items as a flashlight, shovel, snow boots, extra clothing and an ice scraper.

Ø      Let someone know your travel route. In the event you do not arrive on time, law enforcement officials will know where to search for you and your vehicle.

Ø      Be aware of your location in the event you need to summon help or call 911.

Ø      Plan ahead and select your route before you leave home or business.

Ø      Give yourself plenty of travel time.

Ø      If the storm becomes too much for you, please take refuge immediately.

Motorist safety is a top priority for the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.  Please drive safe, slow down, allow for plenty of travel time, use your seatbelt and drive sober.

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