OWI Task Force Formed in Rock Co. to Catch Drunk Drivers

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BELOIT (WIFR) -- People in Wisconsin who risk getting behind the wheel after a few drinks now face an even bigger risk of getting caught, at least in the Stateline area.

"I remember when I answered the door and they told me what was happening and I just screamed," Mary Munro, who lost her son in a drunk driving accident, said.

Mary Munro and Phyllis Reed share the same pain. Both women lost their sons -- innocent victims in drunk driving accidents.

"The car went over, it rolled over and was airborne, he was thrown from the vehicle, his neck was broken and he was killed instantly," Phyllis Reed

Reed's son David was 21-years-old when he died, leaving behind two kids under the age of five. 12 years later they still struggle with his death.

"He spoke with me up at Fort McCoy and he said to these men and women, you'll never know what it’s like unless you have to do it to grow up without a father and that's when he broke down crying," Reed said.

Wisconsin is one of the worst states for drunk drivers, and now officers from around Rock County are teaming up to create the OWI Task Force. Every weekend through the fall officers will conduct roadside safety checks.

"Ways to prevent this are designated drivers, using public transportation, busses, taxi cabs, and safe ride," Edgerton Police Chief Thomas Klubertanz, said.

It's been 20 years since Mary Munro lost her son Alex. She hopes with the creation of the OWI Task Force others won't go through the pain she still feels every day.

"He was 19 when he died. He's been dead longer than he was alive and those milestones are kind of goofy, but you think about them once in a while," Munro said.

The task force was formed thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Bureau of Transportation Safety.

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