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Chippewa Falls police hand out fewer drunk driving tickets during the holiday season than one year ago

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - It's not a new campaign for drivers, but officers told News 18 that people must be paying more attention to finding sober rides home.

Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm told News 18 the number of tickets given out for the holiday, 'Drive Sober Get Pulled Over' campaign were down in 2017.

In 2016, Chief Kelm said the department gave out eight OWI tickets. This year, they only gave out six tickets.

"The campaign is helpful because it brings awareness to the problem of drunk driving, which is something Wisconsin and this region has always struggled with," Kelm said. "By getting the word out there, it makes people rethink their decision to drive while they're impaired. Hopefully, it makes them think about how they're going to get home by the end of that night."

During the last two weeks of December, the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department had seven arrests for OWI.

The campaign ran through the holiday season, starting on December 15 and ending on January 1.

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