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Christmas movie at library

Looking for something to do on Early Release Day? Plymouth Library has a special program every month when school lets out early.

This month, head to the library Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m. to watch the movie, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town!” If you’ve ever wondered where Santa Claus comes from, or why he started delivering toys on Christmas Eve, you won’t want to miss this beloved Christmas classic. Children of all ages and their families will enjoy this offering.

If you have any questions about programs for children or teens, please call Youth Services Librarian Allyson Obermeier at (920) 892-4416, ext. 108.

Please note that, upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals through appropriate aids and services. For additional information, to request this service, or to request information in an alternative format, contact Library Director Martha Rosche at (920) 892-4416, ext. 105.

Next family swim is Saturday

Families are invited to spend a fun afternoon in the Plymouth High School pool during the next Saturday Family Swim Dec. 14.

This family event, which runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m., is sponsored by Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and participants should bring their own towels. One lap lane will be available.

Cost is $6 per family; no registration is necessary, but come early because the pool may close if there are not enough participants.

Winter family swims will be Jan. 11 and 25, Feb. 8 and 22 and March 8.

Local agencies in safety effort

To increase safety belt use and reduce drunken driving, the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, the Elkhart Lake Police Department and the Sheboygan Police Department are mobilizing for the statewide “Booze and Belts” campaign from Dec. 13 to 21.

“Fatal and serious injuries caused by traffic crashes are tragic any time of year, but they are even more devastating especially for families during the holiday season,” said Chief Michael Meeusen from the Elkhart Lake Police Dept. “To prevent needless deaths and injuries, our officers will be out in force during the Booze and Belts mobilization looking for unbuckled and impaired motorists along with other unsafe driving behavior.”

During mobilizations and throughout the year, law enforcement agencies are cracking down on impaired and unbuckled motorists. Last year in Wisconsin, there were approximately 27,000 convictions for drunken driving and nearly 105,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts.

“If you drive drunk, you are seriously jeopardizing your life and the lives of others on the road. Even if you’re lucky enough to avoid a crash, you still are risking an arrest that will cause humiliation, huge fines, possibly having to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicles, and perhaps even jail time,” said Sheboygan Chief Chris Domagalski. “We also take safety belt enforcement seriously. Too many drivers and passengers are seriously injured or killed while being ejected from their vehicles or tossed around violently inside them during a crash.”

The Booze and Belts mobilization is part of a statewide effort to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to Zero In Wisconsin.

“Our goal is voluntary compliance with traffic laws, so we urge you to make the responsible decision to buckle up and drive sober,” said Sheboygan County Sheriff Todd Priebe. But if you make an irresponsible decision, we will stop you and we won’t give you a warning or a second chance.”

52 died in November crashes

A total of 52 people were killed in 49 traffic crashes last month, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Traffic fatalities last month were 16 more than November 2012 and seven more than the five-year average for the month of November.

Last month was tied for the sixth-safest month of November in terms of traffic deaths since World War II. The safest month of November since World War II occurred last year with 36 traffic fatalities, and the deadliest was in 1973 with 110 fatalities.

Eleven people died in crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, to midnight Sunday, Dec. 1.

As of the end of November, 496 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes this year, including 80 motorcycle drivers, four motorcycle passengers, 37 pedestrians and 10 bicyclists. Traffic deaths through November were 72 fewer than during the same period in 2012 and 34 fewer than the five-year average.

“Although traffic fatalities this year are down about 13 percent compared with the same period last year, we know that far too many people continue to die nearly every day because of drunken driving and not wearing safety belts,” says David Pabst, director of the DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “To protect individuals, families and whole communities from the tragic effects of traffic crashes during the upcoming holiday season, law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be on the lookout for unbelted motorists and drunken drivers during the annual Booze and Belts mobilization from Dec. 13 to 21. We’re striving to attain zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin. And there’s no better time of year to make progress toward that goal than right now.”

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