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Safety Concerns

Speeding

The UW Oshkosh campus is an area with a very high volume of pedestrian traffic. It is imperative that drivers obey the speed limit and be aware of their surroundings. The speed limits on all street crossing and bordering campus is 25 mph. The speed limit in all University parking lots is 5 mph. No one wants to be involved in a crash. Please be careful.

Speed related stopping distances:

 

Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated

Operating a M/V While Intoxicated or Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Restricted Controlled Substance is something we actively enforce. Our officers attend the state Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Impaired Driver Detection courses along with regular training to reduce this dangerous driving behavior.

Drunk driving has been a major cause of traffic accidents and fatalities across the country and Wisconsin is no exception. Wisconsin has recently passed a law making fifth offense drunk driving a felony offense. Wisconsin also recently passed a law making a 4th OWI-related offense a felony, instead of a misdemeanor, if that 4th offense occurs within five years of a prior OWI-related offense. This felony is punishable by incarceration in a state prison.

If you are under 21 years of age, you may not have any alcohol in your system and operate an automobile. Winnebago County has statistically had a very high rate of repeat drunk driving offenses and the UW Oshkosh Police Department is committed to keeping our community safe through the apprehension of impaired drivers.

Underage Drinking

The State of Wisconsin has set the legal drinking age to be 21. This means that anyone under this age is not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages. Whether or not you agree with the law, it is the law.

The UW Oshkosh Police Department partners with the Winnebago County Department of Human Services to offer 1st time offenders the ability to participate in the Options Program. The program gives first time offenders a chance to attend classes, learn behaviors associated with use of alcohol and, if successful, have an underage drinking citation dismissed upon successful completion of the course.

Alcohol consumption plays a factor in the majority of criminal activity at UW Oshkosh. Our annual reports have shown that the majority of people we arrest had their judgement impaired by alcohol. Our department is committed to controlling underage drinking through education and enforcement.

UW Oshkosh Police Department also believes that our students often need resources when they’ve had too much to drink so we’ve implemented a “Medical Amnesty Guideline” to ensure that people who need medical assistance or people who observe others who need medical assistance will not be at risk for citations or arrest if they call for help.