More patrols, free bus rides in effort to halt drunk driving, crashes

CREATED Dec 31, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Bars in the "Brew City" were expected to be packed on New Years' Eve as thousands of people were set to ring in 2013, and law enforcement would join Milwaukee and Waukesha buses to help get people home safe.

Milwaukee Police officers and Sheriff's deputies would be patrolling lots of areas in the City of Milwaukee, hoping to cut down on drunk driving and the danger of deadly crashes.

Milwaukee County has seen at least 37 wrong-way drivers so far in 2012.

Authorities would be giving extra patrols on I-43 on New Years' Eve, as deputies would give extra attention to look for drunk drivers.

This past weekend, a suspected drunk driver struck the back of a deputy's squad car, leaving it a twisted mass of metal.

If you are out tonight, authorities suggest getting a designated driver, or a Miller Lite Free Ride on an MCTS bus in Milwaukee or Waukesha County.

"A couple is a couple too many.  Don't drink and drive," said Waukesha County Sheriff's Captain Charles Wood.

"We'll be looking for the indicators that suggest someone may have been drinking and driving."