November 29, 2015

MADD blasts Wisconsin drunk driving laws

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is renewing its criticism of Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws.

The group has given the Badger State a rating of two out of five for the Operating While Intoxicated laws it currently has on the books, along with stalled efforts in the Legislature to enact tougher penalties for drunk driving. MADD says Wisconsin remains the only state that does not treat first offense OWI like a crime.

Michigan, Minnesota, and Iowa also received a two star rating from MADD. Montana was the only state ranked lower.

The group wants the state to make first offense drunk driving a misdemeanor, require ignition interlock devices for all convicted drunk drivers, and to allow police to use sobriety checkpoints to catch drunk drivers.

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