While the legal age for consuming alcohol in the state of Wisconsin is 21, many young people chose to imbibe before officially reaching that milestone. What's worse, in some cases those individuals get behind the wheel of a vehicle to drive. Sometimes this results in a crash involving innocent individuals. Those crashes can lead to serious injuries and even death.
Recognizing that drunk driving is an issue in the state of Wisconsin, legislators are taking action to reduce the number of individuals who engage in the activity. Two lawmakers recently proposed a law regarding the matter. One of them indicated that the law is the result of an investigative story conducted by a news agency in the state.
There is no question that drunk driving is an issue on roads throughout the nation, including the state of Wisconsin. Motor vehicle accidents caused by intoxicated drivers can leave others involved in the crashes seriously hurt. In the worst cases innocent victims will even be killed. Since these types of accidents are so preventable, it is particularly upsetting that they occur.
Even those who enforce the law, and should have plenty of experience witnessing the dangers of drinking and driving, do not always follow the law. For example, a Wisconsin State trooper was recently arrested on suspicion of DUI after getting into a car accident that badly injured his passenger.
In our last post we mentioned that Wisconsin is taking an interesting approach to combat drunk driving. It is one of several states that is looking to alcohol biomarkers to gauge the likelihood of someone driving drunk. In this post we will look into this approach more closely.
As residents of the state of Wisconsin may be aware, the state is somewhat unique when it comes to drunk driving since in most cases a first offense is not deemed to be criminal in nature. According to the Leadership Chair of Wisconsin for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, it is not even a misdemeanor. In addition, Wisconsin is one of only a handful of states in which it is illegal for law enforcement to setup sobriety checkpoints.
While there is no question that drunk driving is an issue in states throughout the nation, this is particularly true in the state of Wisconsin. In fact, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, compared to other states, Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunk driving. In 2012, close to 3,000 individuals were hurt in crashes that involved alcohol. Even worse, 223 people died that year. Where motorcycle accidents are concerned, that same year, alcohol played a role in 33 percent of them.
As we wrote about in an article on our website, during the month of August law enforcement officers increased their efforts to keep impaired drivers off Wisconsin roads. As a part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign," among other things, a free app called "Drive Sober," was promoted. In this post we will provide more information about that downloadable mobile app.
Each day motor vehicle accidents occur in the state of Wisconsin. There are multiple reasons that they occur. While sometimes something other than driver activity is to blame for such an incident, much of the time it is the exact opposite and a person behind the wheel of a car is at fault. That fault may be the result of multiple negligent activities including drunk driving. Drunk driving accidents can result in serious injuries to those involved and sometimes even death.
As senseless as they are, accidents due to drunk driving are all too common an occurrence in the state of Wisconsin. While on some occasions these accidents are single vehicle incidents where only the intoxicated driver is hurt, other times, pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles may be seriously injured or even killed. This situation can leave those impacted unsure of where to turn.