Local News Briefs Tuesday 12/22/15

A Couple
Vacancies To Fill On NFDL Police Department


North Fond
du Lac Police Chief Darren Pautsch says they still have a few vacant positions
on the police force to fill after the first of the year. He says they need
someone for street patrol, an investigator, and a captain. He says they invest
a lot of time in finding the right person to work for the North Fond du Lac
Police Department. He says they have to be well qualified, but also have the
right personality to work in a small community. Chief Pautsch says
fully-staffed they have 12 officers in their department from the Chief on down.


Shoppers Reminded To Lock It And Hide It


Christmas season the Fond du Lac Police Department reminds shopper to lock up
their valuables in their car and not leave them in plain site. Police Officer
Steve Olson says a national initiative called “Lock it, Hide It, Keep It”
promotes the same type of measures to make sure you don’t get ripped off. He
says it may be something they will do as a year long program in 2016.

Olson says people are too trusting and leave all kinds of valuables in plain
site in their vehicles.


Toy Safety


for Christmas toys requires a little savvy. Frank Frassetto is the division
administrator for the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer
Protection. He says you want to make sure you’re considering whether the toy is
appropriate for the household, which includes thinking about a pet’s safety. He
says stuffed toys can present some hazards. He says make sure you read the
packaging to see if it’s up to national safety standards. He says other things
to consider are toxicity, flame resistance and staying away from no-name


Drive Sober


The Fond du Lac County
OWI Task Force has joined other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin participating
in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national campaign through January
3rd.  Rather than risk a drunken driving
arrest or crash, the Fond du Lac
OWI Task Force
urges you to follow these common sense suggestions: Choose a sober designated
driver before you start drinking.  If
you’re feeling buzzed, you likely are over the 0.08 BAC limit and should not
drive.  Take mass transit, a taxicab or
ask a sober friend to drive you home. The Zero In Wisconsin, the traffic safety
program has a free “Drive Sober” mobile app that can be downloaded by visiting
zeroinwisconsin.gov.  Some taverns and
restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home. Visit
www.tlw.org/ and click on Safe Ride.  You
are also asked to report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911.