Special OWI Task Force Honors Drunken Driving Victim - WBAY

Special OWI Task Force Honors Drunken Driving Victim

Town of Black Wolf -

A special OWI task force will hit the road in Winnebago County this weekend.

The county has done a number of deployments in the past but none quite like this.

On the one year anniversary of her husband's death at the hands of a drunken driver Phyllis Zentner made a request of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department to put extra deputies on the road.

She hopes it will prevent the tragedy her family endured December 15th of last year.

Zentner said, "It's important. That's why I requested it. I wanted to remember him somehow on this year's date." 

She added, "If it takes at least one off the road it will be helpful."

Surprisingly it's a request the county says has never been made before.

The tribute is in honor of Robert Zentner from the Town of Black Wolf who was killed by a drunk driver while returning home from a Christmas party.

It will involve 16 hours of overtime, spilt between 3-4 deputies.

They plan to patrol Saturday night starting at six.

"I think it will be interesting to see how things go and I think the awareness may enhance a little more. Your putting a face with a name. You know, maybe that thought will get thru," said Lt. Bill Anthes of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department. 

To cover the cost of the enforcement the county will dip into a grant it received from the Bureau of Transportation Safety of more than 28 thousand dollars to target impaired drivers.

Zentner's family couldn't be more appreciative.

"I know it's not a good night to ask them to work extra at Christmas time, but if they're willing to do it so be it," said Phyllis Zentner. 

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