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No drunk driving arrests for OWI task force, 1st for the year

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - For the first time this year, the Brown County OWI Task Force didn’t arrest anyone for drunk driving. 

More than 40 traffic stops were made over this past weekend’s deployment, and none were cited or arrested for intoxication. 

Other traffic citations were issued. 

Regional Program Manager for the Wisconsin State Patrol Mike Panosh says it tells them that the message is getting out and what they are doing is working. 

On average in Brown County, one in ten traffic stops leads to a drunk driving arrest.  This year, more than 1,100 stops have been made with 115 OWI arrests. 

Panosh points out another success; overall traffic fatalities are down significantly since 2010, the year before the OWI task force started.  That year saw nearly 30 deaths on the roads, compared to just four so far this year. 

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