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November 6, 2009
Senate unanimously approves drunken driving reforms
The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved drunken driving reforms similar to what the Assembly passed in September. Senators agreed to pay for the added enforcement with higher fees which the Assembly chose not to ratify Thursday night. Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan called...
November 6, 2009 - 9:00am
October 30, 2009
Dems scrap raising liquor tax to pay for crackdown on drunken driving
Wisconsin Senate Democrats have scrapped the idea of raising the state's liquor tax to pay for a crackdown on drunken driving. Instead, they're considering a higher fee to reinstate driver's licenses after they're suspended and revoked. A Senate committee endorsed a 50-cent tax...
October 30, 2009 - 9:00am
October 29, 2009
Woman learns why not to text while being 'responsible driver'
Two people were arrested for drunken driving in Dodge County, because one of them couldn't pay for the gas he pumped. Employees at a station in Reeseville called authorities Tuesday night after a Watertown man filled his tank but couldn't pay. The 31-year-old was taken into custody...
October 29, 2009 - 9:00am
Officials vote to let people arrested for drunken driving keep their license cards
A state committee has voted to let those arrested for drunken driving keep their license cards for identification only. Right now, police confiscate the licenses of those who fail sobriety tests, or refuse to take them. But some lawmakers say it's too harsh of a punishment, because...
October 29, 2009 - 9:00am
October 7, 2009
Senate panel votes to raise tax on hard liquor by 50 cents a liter
A state Senate panel has voted to raise Wisconsin's tax on hard liquor by 50 cents a liter as part of the new crackdown on drunken driving. The Judiciary Committee also voted Tuesday to raise a court fee from $20 to $163, to help cover the costs of several measures the Assembly...
October 7, 2009 - 9:00am
October 1, 2009
Sixth-grade teacher's drunken-driving death creates lesson for students
A teacher in West Bend killed herself and another person by driving drunk and her school turned that into a lesson of its own Wednesday. Students at Badger Middle School were told that all decisions have consequences, and their parents were asked in a letter to reinforce the point....
October 1, 2009 - 9:00am
September 25, 2009
More than 1,200 arrested for drunken driving in Over the Limit, Under Arrest
More than 1,200 people in Wisconsin were arrested for drunken driving in the state's recent crackdown. The Over the Limit, Under Arrest campaign lasted 17 days from late August through Labor Day. The DOT said the effort resulted in almost 53,000 traffic citations and warnings....
September 25, 2009 - 9:00am
September 18, 2009
Wisconsin Assembly gives unanimous approval to drunken driving reforms
The Wisconsin Assembly gave its unanimous approval Thursday to a series of drunken driving reforms. The Badger State would still be the only one not to make all first-time OWI a criminal offense. But first-timers caught with kids under 16 in the car could be charged with misdemeanors....
September 18, 2009 - 9:00am
September 16, 2009
Assembly expected to pass most significant drunken driving reforms in decade
The Wisconsin Assembly is expected to pass tomorrow what supporters call the most significant drunken driving reforms in a decade. The bill would make four-time OWI a felony if it happens within five years of a third offense. Repeat offenders would have to breathe into sobriety...
September 16, 2009 - 9:22am
August 27, 2009
Speaker of Assembly promises action on drunken driving laws
The speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly promises long-awaited action next month to crack down on drunken driving. Democrat Mike Sheridan says his house will pass a bill in mid-to-late September to make four-time OWI a felony in most cases. It would also make repeat offenders be...
August 27, 2009 - 9:56am
June 17, 2009
Former surgeon pleads no contest to fatal crash that stirred legislative debate
Former surgeon Mark Benson pleaded no contest Tuesday to causing a fatal crash that helped drive the state Legislature's current debate over drunken driving laws. He faces up to 53 years in prison when he's sentenced Aug. 10. Authorities said Benson, 56, was high on prescription...
June 17, 2009 - 9:50am
June 8, 2009
Price tag to make Wisconsin's drunken-driving laws tougher is in millions
It would cost millions to make Wisconsin's drunk driving laws tougher. But Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney says it would be worth it, considering the human costs of OWI. The Legislature created the Joint Review Committee on criminal penalties to find out the costs of drunken driving...
June 8, 2009 - 9:11am
June 5, 2009
Proposed drunken-driving reforms get public hearing
A state Senate committee held a public hearing Thursday on a drunken-driving reform package that's a bit tougher than what's being pushed in the Assembly. Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker told the judiciary panel that he and Jim Sullivan, D-Wauwatosa, are offering the most comprehensive...
June 5, 2009 - 9:00am
June 3, 2009
Lawmakers hear emotional testimony on bills that crack down on drunken driving
State lawmakers spent several hours Tuesday listening mainly to people who demanded tougher drunken driving laws. The Assembly's Public Safety Committee held a hearing at State Fair Park near Milwaukee on a package of nine OWI reforms. They include mandatory ignition interlocks...
June 3, 2009 - 9:28am
May 28, 2009
10-year-old boy in River Falls helps his dad get arrested for drunken driving
Police were chasing the man when he got out of his car - and when he tried to get back in, the boy had locked him out. Mark Kotowski, 51, was allegedly drunk when he picked up his son from school last Thursday. A school employee saw the man stumble and called police. An officer...
May 28, 2009 - 9:00am