MOBILE EYES

GRANT COUNTY “MOBILE EYES” PROGRAM
The Grant County “Mobile Eyes” Program is a new program that was started in July, 2000 by a group of concerned citizens that wanted to help stop the amount of intoxicated “drunk” drivers traveling on Grant County Roads and City Streets.
The program works by ordinary, everyday citizens calling 911 on their cellular telephones to report a possible intoxicated “drunk” driver driving somewhere within Grant County. The caller MUST identify themselves as a “Mobile Eyes Caller”. The caller IS REQUIRED to give their name, address, and cellular telephone number to the Dispatcher. The Dispatcher then will pass on the information to a Police Officer and/or Deputy to follow up on the complaint. If the complaint leads to an arrest and conviction of a intoxicated “drunk” driver, the Officer or Deputy will forward the complaint on to the “Mobile Eyes” Board of Directors who will review the case and make arrangements to pay the caller up to $50.00.
The goal of this organization is to make all of Grant County’s streets and highways a safer place to travel. With your help, we can make this happen! Anyone is eligible to participate in this program.

Your call can prevent a real tragedy. The photo to the right is from an incident in the fall of 2000. A semi driver called on his cell phone and notified law enforcement of this drunk driver. After witnessing this large piece of farm machinery weaving behind the truck, the semi driver watched as the right side of this large piece of equipment strike a parked pickup truck. Notice how the rack of equipment is not properly raised on the right side. The drunk driver kept right on going narrowly missing several other vehicles as well. The police caught up with this drunk driver as he entered another community. Police watched him strike yet another vehicle and continue to drive as they attempted to stop him. After finally getting the driver stopped police removed a large bottle of alcohol from the vehicle and arrested the driver for drunk driving, and two hit and run accidents. Follow-up by the police revealed that this driver ran several people off the road during his drunk driving. This happened in the middle of the afternoon, during the week when many people were on the road. Thank you to the semi driver for helping make our roads a safe place to drive!

Incident information: On 1/19/01 at 5:30 p.m. a concerned driver, made a telephone call to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department to report a drunk driver. With the information given by the caller, the offender was stopped and arrested in the village of Bloomington, Wisconsin for drunk driving. Breath test resulted .24
CONVICTED:  of Lena, IL Pled no contest on 3/28/01 for Operating while intoxicated (1st offense) Forfeiture $767.25 Alcohol Assessment D.L. Suspended for 7 months
Incident information: On 07/04/01 a concerned citizen, made a telephone call to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department to report a drunk driver. With the information given by the caller, the offender was stopped and arrested in the township of Platteville, Wisconsin for drunk driving and open intoxicants. The driver refused to take a breath test. CONVICTED: Richard C. Cutler of Mineral Point; Pled no contest on 07/23/01 for Operating while intoxicated (1st offense) Forfeiture of $741.50, Alcohol Assessment, D.L. revoked for 9 months
Incident information: On 07/19/01 at 10:45 p.m. a concerned citizen, made a telephone call to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department to report a drunk driver. With the information given by the caller, the offender was stopped and arrested in the City of Cuba City, Wisconsin for drunk driving. The driver refused to take a breath test. CONVICTED: William Goldthorpe of Cuba City; Pled no contest on 10/10/01 for Operating while intoxicated (2nd offense) Forfeiture of $1,168.00, 30 days in jail, Alcohol Assessment, D.L. revoked for 18 months