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Editorial Comment - Law Enforcement and Tavern League Safe Ride Program Are Saving Local Lives

One of the most misguided complaints about local law enforcement is that cops unfairly target speeders and drunk drivers.  Drunk driving arrests in Sturgeon Bay are down 30%.  Vigilant visibility and programs like the Tavern League free Safe Ride home are saving lives in Sturgeon Bay and Door County.

You may have a son or daughter, husband or wife, friend or neighbor alive today because law enforcement officers are doing their job.  According to Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Arleigh Porter, the three most common causes of traffic fatalities are speed, alcohol and failure to use seat belts.

When law enforcement is visible, traffic slows down and our communities are safer.  For those few misguided complainers about Sturgeon Bay being a speed trap or cops lurking in the darkness to catch drunk drivers my advice is simply don’t speed and don’t drink excessively and drive.

Law enforcement officers deserve thanks, appreciation and our respect.  OWI arrests down 30% in Sturgeon Bay is good news and proof there is no excessive enforcement taking place here.  And any driver pulling into Sturgeon Bay on 42/57 passes at least six 45-mile-an-hour speed limit signs before getting to Duluth Avenue.  That’s fair warning and not a speed trap.

Your son or daughter, husband or wife, friend or neighbor very well may be alive today because of a Door County law enforcement officer, a member of the Sturgeon Bay police department or the Tavern League Safe Ride program.

That’s my opinion.  I’d like to hear yours.  I’m Roger Utnehmer.

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