A new national study shows Wisconsin drivers are the most likely to admit driving drunk, and the head of MADD Wisconsin says enforcement, treatment and education will turn the tide on the problem. "We need to look at sobriety checkpoints, and the use of ignition interlock devices on all offender vehicles," said Kari Kinnard with Mothers Against Drunk Driving . "We know these people are going to continue to drive drunk. This study proves to us that they are going to continue to drive drunk, unless we stop them."
Mike Florek, an alcohol counselor at the Tellurian Center in Madison, believes state legislators should consider lowering the legal level of intoxications from .08 to .06, which he believes would make "casual drinkers" think more about how much they're having. But Florek says it will take more than just a change in the law to end what many see as a heritage of drinking in Wisconsin. The federal report estimated more than 25-percent of adult motorists in our state drove under the influence in the past year, more than anywhere else in the country.