Wausau Police keep New Year’s Eve safe

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Wausau (WAOW)— The Wausau Police Department was out in full force while the community rang in the New Year. As the city was celebrating with friends and loved ones, those on duty didn’t have that luxury.

“The holiday, sometimes, is just another day. The work has to be done”, said Officer Benjamin Slempkes of the Wausau Police Department.

New Years celebrations are often accompanied with drinking, making it a holiday where drunk driving is bound to happened. In the Badger state, 3.1% people report driving after drinking too much compared to the national average of 1.9% according to Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

“I’d rather find a drunk driver off of self initiated, whether its a moving violation or whatever it is, than respond to crash where somebody gets hurt or something worse happens”, said Slempkes.

It took only one hour of the ride-along before witnessing an intoxicated driver being taken into custody.

“And as you can see, they’re out and about”, said Slempkes.

As we all celebrate and welcome a new year of success and positivity. Stay safe and remember those who do the work that needs to be done.

Chase McNamara

Chase McNamara

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