ROCK COUNTY (WIFR) – Below is a press release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office concerning patrol efforts for the annual Break in the Weather Party:
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office will be assigning additional deputies to saturation patrol efforts on Saturday, April 20th, 2013, for the annual Break in the Weather Party held in Newville, Wisconsin. By increasing police presence, our goal is to proactively enforce state traffic laws and local ordinances to deter people from drinking and driving. Also, deputies will be assigned on foot patrol in Newville, conducting alcohol compliance checks inside taverns and enforcing liquor sale laws to minors.
This enforcement operation is designed to focus strict enforcement attention on operating while intoxicated and underage alcohol offenses. In addition, we will also be enforcing other hazardous moving violations that cause traffic crashes. Aggressive driving, following too close, and excessive speed, along with the failure to use restraint systems, needlessly claim lives of motorists in Wisconsin each year. Citizens are encouraged to call 911 and report any suspected law violations as soon as possible to ensure swift enforcement action can be taken.
Selling alcohol is a legitimate business that plays a valid role in the community, but such a business is a privilege to which very serious and specific responsibilities apply. This same responsibility that applies to businesses also pertains to a person(s) choosing to drink and drive. Not only does a person risk seriously injuring/killing themselves or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of such a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can also be significant.
We pride ourselves in being a friendly and proactive sheriff’s office. We are simply asking businesses and people partaking in this event to fulfill their responsibilities in regard to the sale and consumption of alcohol. Let’s work together as a community to ensure a safe evening.