They may have the support of Governor Doyle, but plans for sobriety checkpoints in Wisconsin face an uphill battle.
There's not a lot of support in the Legislature for a proposal to legalize sobriety checkpoints to nab drunk drivers, according to state Representative Marlin Schneider. The Wisconsin Rapids Democrat says there are concerns over a loss of civil liberties that comes with the proposal. He says it also creates too many problems for tavern owners and customers.
Governor Doyle wants the Legislature to repeal a ban on the checkpoints, but Schneider doubts that will happen. He's also certain a proposal to make first-offense drunk driving a criminal charge, rather than a civil one, will face a tough battle.