Wisconsin is the ONLY state in the country that treats first-offense OWI as a civil traffic violation (unless a person under the age 16 is present in the car at the time of the offense then it's a misdemeanor).
We want to see Wisconsin make first-offense OWI a misdemeanor.
Currently in Wisconsin, Ignition Interlock Laws require an IID to be installed in the vehicles of all repeat OWI offenders, all first-time OWI offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or more and all drivers who refuse to provide a breath or blood sample for a chemical test at a traffic stop.
Wisconsin needs to implement an ALL-OFFENDER Interlock Law, which includes ALL first-time offenders no matter what their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is.
28 states currently require Ignition Interlocks for ALL offenders.
In Wisconsin, there is no state law or rule limiting server alcohol consumption. Local ordinances prohibiting intoxicated servers have been adopted by some communities to prevent and sanction alcohol impaired servers.
Many establishments, including chains and franchise operations have a blanket ban on servers drinking or working when intoxicated.
When a municipality licenses a location to sell and serve alcohol the licensee assumes specific responsibilities. Two of the most important responsibilities fall primarily on servers and serving staff; 1) refusing alcohol to individuals who are intoxicated (cutting people off) and 2) determining that customers have reached the minimum legal drinking age (with narrow exceptions) before serving alcohol to them (checking ID). (Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project 2014).
How can these responsibilities be met with an intoxicated server?
There are 20 wrong-way devices already in Milwaukee County. We need to expand this to all counties. These devices trigger an alert to our Statewide Traffic Operations Center where they're able to task a camera so that they can identify or locate the vehicle traveling the wrong way and in real time they're able to link with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.
Sobriety checkpoints are a common form of high visibility enforcement that creates general deterrence. In order to maximize the deterrent effect, checkpoints should be highly publicized, highly visible, and conducted frequently. If drivers perceive a high likelihood of being detected for driving while impaired they may be less likely to engage in the behavior.
Currently, 38 states and the District of Columbia utilize sobriety checkpoints as part of impaired driving enforcement efforts. Wisconsin is NOT one of them.
Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Secure the Future article.
Eliminate Drunk Driving Inc., is dedicated to talking with our youth on making good decisions. Our plans are to attend schools to talk about the dangers of drunk/drugged/distracted driving.
It's imperative that we bring awareness to the alternate means of transportation such as Uber, taxicabs, SafeRide Program, designating a driver, or calling a friend/family for a safe ride home.
Each link has a map of where they cover.
Our goal is to work with a legislator on implementing a Roadside Memorial Program for individuals killed by an impaired driver. Families of the victim can apply to have a WDOT issued sign reading "Please Don't Drive Impaired," along with a memorial plaque that can be placed under it with the victim's name. This can be placed at, or as close as safely possible, to the crash site.
The impact of seeing a visual sign would increase awareness to the aftermath of driving impaired.