OWI Task Force out for St. Patrick's Day to stop people from drinking and driving

CREATED Mar 15, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The streets of Downtown Milwaukee will be a sea of green starting Saturday with St. Patrick's Day revelers out in full force, and law enforcement will be right there with them.

Captain Phil Horter is the spokesperson for the Southeast Wisconsin OWI Task Force, which started three years ago. Their goal this St. Patrick's Day weekend is to stop people from drinking and driving by making their presence known.

"We want everybody to know we're going to be out,” Horter said. “It's going to be be high visibility. There's no surprises."

Saturday, police officers from several different departments will hold roll call in the street. These are the four locations, including Mo's Irish Pub, which partnered with the task force.

"Mo's will be very busy but their patrons will see a lot of police officers," Horton explained.

Police have also partnered with hotels to offer discounts this weekend.

“It's so important because we have a significant problem here in the state of Wisconsin,” Horter said. “If you look at the number of crashes that are alcohol related each year they're way above what they should be."

Miller Lite is offering free rides again this year, from 6 p.m. until the end of regular service on all Milwaukee County buses.