Senator Chris Larson is working to change the culture in Wisconsin by introducing legislation to prevent drunk driving.

 

DRUNK DRIVING PREVENTION

 

Like most Wisconsinites, my life has been permanently affected by a drunk driver: on Christmas Eve 1998, I found out my good friend and classmate at Thomas More High School, Jennie, had been killed by a drunk driver.

It was a horrible - and preventable - tragedy.

Wisconsin is the only state that treats OWI first offense as a civil forfeiture and not a crime. I'm proud to have proposed legislation which would criminalize the first offense with the ability to have that criminal conviction amended to a civil violation after 5 years if they do not re-offend and the offender petitions the court.

I’m honored to be a Mothers Against Drunk Driving "Legislator of the Year" for working to reduce drunk driving, such as authoring all-offender ignition interlock legislation. I look forward to continuing to fight in the legislature to ensure that Wisconsin is no longer the only state in the country that doesn’t treat OWI first offense as a crime. Too many families have suffered preventable tragedies from drunk driving.

Here is all the legislation I have sponsored to help reduce drunk driving in Wisconsin and change our culture.

SB9: Relating to: penalties for offenses related to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and providing a penalty.

SB198: First offense OWI: petition to expunge records under certain conditions; ignition interlock device provision

AB61: Ignition interlock device requirement applied to all OWI offenses involving alcohol

SB58
: Ignition interlock device requirement applied to all OWI offenses involving alcohol

The legis.wisconsin.gov website list includes a list of all of the legislation I’ve introduced this session, where you can search for legislation based on keyword, topic, or bill number, and see committee schedules.