We've all heard the familiar phrase: don't drink and drive. For most of us here in Wisconsin, this is a common sense statement that needs no preface. Another common phrase encourages us to drive responsibly and find a designated driver. Seems simple enough. But according to a new study, about 40 percent of designated drivers consume at least some amount of alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car. Furthermore, one-fifth of them may have been just as impaired as the people they were supposed to be bringing home safely.
The recent announcement by the National Transportation Safety Board sent the entire nation into a buzz this month when they suggested that the .08 blood-alcohol threshold be lowered to .05. It's worked in reducing the number of alcohol-related deaths in more than 100 countries after they adopted the new lower limit.
Saying that there are a lot of reckless drivers on the roads would not a surprising statement to most people in Wisconsin. Whether you've read about it here on our blog or heard about it on the news, there are many drivers who make poor choices behind the wheel which can put other drivers in considerable danger. This is especially true when it comes to the decision to drink and drive.
With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, as many bars across the state of Wisconsin stock up on green-themed alcoholic beverages, law enforcement across the state are gearing up for what is expected to be one of the biggest nights for DUI arrests this month. But while the state steps up patrols, one Milwaukee lawmaker says this isn't enough to keep innocent drivers safe from drunk-driving accidents.
Law enforcement has long since struggled with the increasing number of alcohol-related accidents across the state of Wisconsin. And for years now, families who have lost loved ones because of drunk-driving accidents and advocate groups such as MADD are constantly calling for change in a state that has seen too many die at the hands of OWIs.
Several Milwaukee residents say they're lucky to be alive after a drunk driver caused a chain-reaction accident that took out five vehicles earlier in December.
No parent in Wisconsin-or anywhere for that matter-wants to receive the horrifying news that their child has been killed in a car accident. This is especially true when that child has been killed by a drunk driver months before their first birthday.
Parked along I-94, just west of Milwaukee, sat two Waukesha County sheriffs. It was fairly late that night when the officers were suddenly thrown forward in their vehicle, the back of their car having just been struck by another motorist. The squad car's computer dislodged from its base as the squad car spun around.
Last September, students and faculty of one Fond Du Lac school were saddened to hear that a former teacher of theirs was struck and killed by a drunk driver while riding his bike along the side of the road.