Preventing Drunk Driving
On average, Wisconsin has over 33,000 OWI arrests each year, 5,000 alcohol related crashes resulting in 200 fatalities and 3,000 injuries. Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunk driving in the nation, with one person killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash every 2.8 hours on our roadways. We have many things to be proud of in our great state, but these statistics are not what we want to be known for.
One way to crack down on drunk driving is with the use of ignition interlock devices, which can reduce recidivism by 50-90%. However, IIDs are useless if offenders neglect to install them, and less than half of all drunk drivers ordered to install an IID in Wisconsin since 2010 actually complied with the judge’s orders.
To address this problem, I authored Assembly Bill 266 with Representative Dave Heaton (R-Wausau). AB 266 would create incentives to install IIDs and comply with installation orders so we can increase compliance and reduce drunk driving. I am happy to say the bill has already garnered bipartisan support in the legislature as well as a wide array of law enforcement groups and other organizations dedicated to safety on the roads.