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Wisconsin lawmakers propose a first-time offender ignition interlock law for drunk drivers

Posted on December 15th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

On Wednesday, December 13th, two Milwaukee lawmakers introduced legislation to make ignition interlock devices a requirement for all DUI offenders looking to regain their licenses. Currently in Wisconsin only repeat offenders or first-time offenders with a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher are required to have an ignition interlock (IID). With the new legislation, all drunk driving offenders would have to have an IID installed in their vehicle for at least a year.

By having a first offender requirement in place, advocates and supporters of the bill hope to see a decrease in repeat drunk driving offenses. Presently 40 percent first-time offenders in Wisconsin end up becoming repeat offenders.Wisconsin law

Other Wisconsin Ignition Interlock Legislation

This bill follows another recent ignition interlock bill that Gov. Scott Walker signed into law last week. That law focused on closing a loophole that allowed offenders to borrow family and friend’s cars that didn’t have an IID installed.

MADD and Intoxalock React

After the announcement of the proposed law was made on Wednesday, MADD and Intoxalock were present to talk about the importance of preventative legislation, and also how IIDs work. Intoxalock’s Representative Skylar Roder was there to demonstrate how to use an IID and to highlight the importance of responsible driving. Roder’s full demonstration can be found on MADD’s Facebook page here.

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Wisconsin votes to weaken drunk driving laws

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Wisconsin roads are in danger of becoming a lot less safe if recent legislation to weaken Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws is signed by the Governor. The bill, Wisconsin AB 839, proposes the implementation of a twice-a-day alcohol testing program that would allow drunk driving offenders back on the road without first installing an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.

What is the twice-a-day testing program (Wisconsin AB 839)?

With the twice-a-day testing, drunk driving offenders would be able to obtain their Occupational Permit allowing them driving privileges as long as they agreed to provide breath samples to check for alcohol twice a day at a local police station or probation office. The way the program is set up, these individuals would have no accountability the rest of the time and as long as the alcohol was clear from their system by their next testing time, they could continue drinking and driving.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) supports ignition interlock devices for drunk drivers and has produced data showing they are the most effective way to prevent multiple drunk driving offenses. 50 to 75 percent of drunk driving offenders continue to drive even after losing their license, according to MADD. Many of those continue mixing drinking with driving. View more drunk driving statistics.

Ignition interlock devices are the only tool that can guarantee sober driving. In fact, according to MADD’s 2016 Ignition Interlock Report, ignition interlock devices have stopped over 156,000 drunk drivers from starting their vehicles in Wisconsin alone. Nationwide, they’ve stopped over 1.77 million.

Ignition interlock devices are extremely effective in preventing repeat drunk driving offenses. They allow offenders to resume a normal life while being able to drive to work and take care of their families. With a requirement to physically go into a location twice a day to provide samples, schedules will be disrupted and rehabilitation will be nearly impossible. This will result in people abandoning the program and spiraling downward into a system of consequences without the chance to recover. In addition, it leaves too many loopholes for people to continue drinking and driving.

Here what real multiple drunk driving offenders have to say.

Wisconsin – take action now!

This bill goes to the Governor’s desk now, where he will only have a few days to take action on it. If you are a Wisconsin resident, please fill out this MADD form to send a letter to your Governor opposing Wisconsin AB 839 today. Tomorrow might be too late. Please help protect our families and keep our roads safe!

MADD Wisconsin

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Wisconsin man comes up with wacky excuse for 10th OWI

Posted on February 22nd, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

By the time you’ve obtained your 10th drunk driving conviction, you have to be really fishing for excuses that you haven’t used before to try to get off the hook. When John Przybyla of Wisconsin was arrested for his 10th Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI) charge, fishing is exactly what he did.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the 79-year old blamed his high Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) on a beer battered fish meal he allegedly consumed earlier in the day. Przybyla was arrested after a Wisconsin officer noticed his truck crossing the center lane of traffic. Police said that Przybyla’s BrAC clocked in at .062. Although this is below the national legal limit of .08, Wisconsin law states that people with three or more drunk driving convictions must remain below a limit of .02 percent.Beer batter and alcohol content

According to everydaylife.globalpost.com, pure alcohol evaporates at around 173 degrees. A mixture of alcohol and water, like beer, boils away anywhere between 173 and 212 degrees. Batter is typically cooked at much higher temperatures closer to 365 degrees, so the amount of alcohol left in the batter is minimal at best.

Przybyla tried his fish-battered case in court, but the jury ruled him guilty of OWI (10th offense), operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and operating while revoked.

It’s only common sense to believe that somebody with as many as 10 drunk driving convictions has proven to be a habitual offender. This case illustrates that a license suspension does not work. Short of prison (which Przybyla will most likely face for some time), ignition interlock devices are the only thing guaranteed to keep habitual drunk driving offenders of the roads. At what point do we say, “Enough is enough,” and begin requiring habitual offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed permanently on their vehicles to prevent these extreme cases of repeat drunk driving offenses?

If you would like more information on installing an Intoxalock ignition interlock device to prevent drunk driving, contact us today at (855) 531-5244 to talk with a state interlock specialist.

 

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