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State grant to help police crack down on drunk driving


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The City of La Crosse police department has received a $25-thousand dollar state grant. 

Police said the money will be used to beef up patrols between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. in an effort to crack down on drunken driving. 

The grant will allow the force to deploy an extra two officers, for four hours at a time, four to five times a month for the next year. 

All of those extra patrols will likely take place between 6:00 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. 

La Crosse Police Sgt. Randy Rank said the extra patrol officers will also be keeping an eye out for seatbelt, speed and traffic light violations while on "high visibility" patrols. 

"Our officers are really going to be out on the main thoroughfares, where the main traffic is, moving around in marked patrol units," Rank said. 

"The public is going to see them out there making traffic stops," he said. 


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