Easter Weekend OWI Patrol
BROWN COUNTY, WI - The Brown County OWI Task Force is cracking down on drunk driving. With college students home for the long holiday weekend, the increased enforcement starts tonight. It's going to be a busy two nights for the Task Force. They're calling it a "Power Weekend" because of the increased back to back patrolling for drunk drivers.
Kaela Gedda, a Saint Norbert College Student said she doesn't understand why people drink and drive. She said "They think that they're okay, but reality tells us that 0.08 you're not okay." Sergeant Sieber of the Brown County's Sheriff's Department said if you drink and drive there's no one to blame but yourself. "It's still their responsibility, nobody else's to make sure they're not violating the law and putting other people in jeopardy."
Tim West, General Manager of the restaurant Regatta 220 said "We're really seeing a lot more people having a designated driver." He said he's seeing more people calling cabs after the OWI Task Force beefed up their patrol.
"People are out having a good time but I think people are being much more responsible. I think people are more aware of it." As for Kaela and her friends they said they'll always have a designated driver or split the cab fare.
Deputies said more than a dozen officers will be patrolling tonight and tomorrow. This time out they'll be expanding their patrols to Allouez, Bellevue, and Howard.