Warning issued to drivers ahead of holiday

CREATED Nov 20, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Law enforcement officers in Milwaukee County are stepping up patrols as part of a nation-wide crackdown on poor driving.

Triple-A estimates 874,000 people will be on the roads this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Sheriff David Clarke says extra patrols will be on the roadways this week, keeping an eye out for intoxicated drivers.

It comes as officials install new technology along on-ramps to prevent people from getting on the freeway going the wrong way.  There have been at least 33 wrong way driving incidents on the highways in Milwaukee County this year.

"Not only do they get on the freeway going the wrong direction, but as we saw last weekend, a guy traveled 15 miles. So for 15 miles, that individual couldn't tell hey, something's not right here," says Clarke.

The sheriff hopes the new technology will be in place and running by Christmas.