January 1 ushered in more than the new year in Wisconsin. It brought about a number of new laws (and changes to existing laws) that are now in effect throughout the state.
If you live in a rural area, one of the benefits is that you often have a greater sense of safety. This applies to roads, where there is less traffic than in suburbs and large metro areas and we often feel safer than if we were in the middle of a traffic jam.
Have you ever wondered what transportation factors cause most fatal accidents in Wisconsin? In order to find out, the information from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) has been broken down and analyzed, and five different factors were found to contribute frequently. FARS is run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA).
You might not know it, but Wisconsin is the only state in the nation where the drunk driving penalty for first time offenders is a ticket rather than jail time. Now, if Representative Jim Ott, a Republican from Mequon, has his way, first time offenders would be forced to appear in court.
Looking at the raw numbers for traffic deaths can be deceiving, as they tend to go along with overall population. It's much better to look at things on a per capita basis to see which states are the most dangerous.
If there is one thing worse than a car accident that isn't your fault, it's a hit and run accident that isn't your fault. You may be injured, your passengers could be hurt, and your car may be a mangled mess. Seeing the other driver speed off to avoid charges just makes the whole thing devastating.
A 17-year-old Wisconsin teenager is facing drunk driving charges after a rollover crash on I-43 that occurred on Friday, March 27. In addition to a first offense drunk driving charge, the teenager is also facing multiple charges that include causing bodily harm by reckless driving and operating a car without the owner's consent.