Wisconsin is falling behind when it comes to stopping drunk drivers. MADD's Lindsay Desormier says that's largely due to the fact that we remain the only state that does not criminalize first offense drunk driving. The group says that puts more people at risk because those offenders most frequently cause fatal crashes.
Many lawmakers have been critical of Wisconsin's weak laws, following several recent cases where repeat offenders have killed or injured others. Desormier says it's prompting many people to question why a person on their third or fourth offense is still out on the roads.
The group is launching a statewide petition drive , which Desormier says will be used to show lawmakers how much support there is for tougher penalties. She says a unified voice is needed to make changes happen in state law.