drunk driving


An October court date has been set for a former St. Germain man, Michael Fabian, 51,  for a bond hearing on a charge of homicide by intoxicated operation of a motor vehicle.

Fabian, now living in Columbus, Wis with his son, is the alleged driver of a vehicle accident last May 26 in Arbor Vitae. Court documents indicate Fabian was ejected from the vehicle and a female passenger was pinned inside. Both were transported to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau which alleges Fabian had a blood alcohol of 0.16.

The hospital reported the female passenger died on May 27.

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As the summer winds down, law enforcement agencies across the state are going to be out in greater numbers as part of the annual "Drive Sober orf Get Pulled Over" campaign.

The campaign begins Friday(8/17/18) and will continue through Labor Day.

Wisconsin DOT Director of Transportation Safety David Pabst says the campaign is about enforcement of impaired driving laws but also for outreach and education. The federal government supplies funds for law enforcement to increase the number of patrols.

Pabst says the end of summer brings more people to the roads...


St. Patrick's Day this year falls on a Saturday, so those wearin' the green are likely to be out in force with a day of revelry. A safety official says law enforcement will also be watching for those who party too much and drive.

Director of Transportation Safety at the Department of Transportation, David Pabst ....

"...it's falling on Saturday this year, so we're a little concerned there's going to be a little extra revelry and celebrating. We want people to plan ahead and keep in mind we want everyone to get home safe...."

Torch Magazine

The holidays mean parties with friends, but they also could mean a stop at the local jail or worse. To help deter impaired driving over the upcoming holiday period, state and local law enforcement throughout Wisconsin will patrol in greater numbers and for additional hours as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that has begun and continues through New Year’s Day.

David Pabst, Director of the DOT's Bureau of Transporation Safety says you will likely see more law enforcement on the highways...


St. Patricks Day could cost you plenty of green if you're caught drunk driving, says a state safety official. He also recommends a new smartphone app to help out.

With St.Patrick's Day landing on a Friday this year, officials anticipate plenty of revelers. Randy Romanski of  the Bureau of Transportation Safety has some advice...


Law enforcement agencies statewide are teaming up to put extra emphasis on "drive sober or get pulled over.

Chief David Jaeger from the Minocqua Police Department  says  the numbers of fatalities from alcohol related crashes has dropped in the last decade...

".....there has been a significant reduction in related crashes. Since 2003 (fatalities) have dropped from 348 in 2003 to 185 last year, a 47 percent reduction...."

Injuries from alcohol related crashes fell about 59 percent in the same time period.

Law Enforcement On Lookout for Drunk Holiday Driving

Dec 9, 2013

Vilas and Oneida County Sheriff’s Departments are stepping up drunk driving patrols starting this weekend.  The statewide Booze and Belts campaigns also targets drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts. 

Vilas County Captain Russ Kennedy says grants from the state Department of Transportation pay for deputies to work overtime, targeting drunk driving and unbuckled seatbelts. 

Clamping Down on Drunk Driving

Aug 5, 2013
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Local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk driving.  It’s Wisconsin’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, running for two and a half weeks between August 16th and September 2nd.  

Lieutenant Dave Jaeger of the Minocqua Police Department says officers will be extra vigilant during this time.

“They’ll be doing more traffic enforcement.  You know, you keep a closer eye.  And you’re out there conducting more traffic contacts in an effort to eliminate or at least cut back on people making the wrong decision.”