OWI Checkpoints for Family Night
CREATED Aug. 3, 2012
GREEN BAY, WI – Friday’s kick-off to the season for Family Night is bringing in lots of fans, but the Brown County OWI Taskforce has a warning to all people drinking--don't get behind the wheel.
The taskforce is setting up checkpoints to stop drunk drivers leaving Family Night festivities.
People like Samantha Schell and her family and friends are tailgating all day.
"I want to see Clay Matthews," she said.
But they won't be drinking.
"You just want to have fun,” she said. “You don't want to have to worry about people hitting you or hurting you because they're being immature and unsafe."
"The vast majority who attend Family Night tonight will have a good time and do it responsibly," said Mike Panosh, Regional Program Manager with the Wisconsin State Patrol Bureau of Transportation Safety.
But, people shouldn’t have one too many and take a chance.
"We will be there and put them behind bars if they're drinking and driving," said Panosh.
Family Night isn't the only place OWI checkpoints are happening this weekend. They’re also in Outagamie County and in Sheboygan for the first time.
Panosh said this year, for the Brown and Outagamie County OWI Projects; they’ve made more than 300 OWI arrests and stopped more than 2,500 people.
"Drinking and driving, there's no excuse for it," said Jason Tileman, who is visiting Family Night from Racine. "You hear it right there, Family Night. You got your kids, I got my kids here."
"Wisconsin...beer and cheese curds, that's what we're about there's no reason you can't drink, you just can't drive," said Cindy Eckes, a Packers fan.
"We're not trying to raise more revenue, or write more tickets, but we just want people to do so responsibly," said Panosh.
The checkpoints will run from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. throughout the weekend.