State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2015
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Cracking Down on Drunk Driving


This week, my bill to help curb drunk driving moved one step closer to becoming law with a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Transportation. Many of you know that I was a traffic investigator for almost 30 years, and I have seen first-hand why this bill is so important. 

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. That is too many moms, dads and kids being put in harms way due to drunk driving, and I know Wisconsin can do better. 

One way to crack down on drunk driving is through the use of ignition interlock devices (IIDs), which require a driver to pass a breath test before the engine will start. IIDs can reduce recidivism by 50-90%, but only if offenders use them. Under current law, Wisconsin offenders can easily get around using a required IID by driving a car without a device and if they get caught they face a mere citation. Assembly Bill 266, which I authored with Representative Dave Heaton (R-Wausau) would close this loophole by tying the IID to the offender rather than a vehicle, and would make violations a criminal offense. 

I am pleased to see this bill moving forward in the legislative process, and proud that it is supported by law enforcement organizations, advocacy groups such as Moms Against Drunk Driving, and legislators from both sides of the aisle. 


Congratulations Burlington Little League!


Congratulations to the Burlington Little League 12U All-Star team for your exceptional performance this year. This team is only the second Little League team in state history to advance to the regional title game and every player should be very proud of this amazing accomplishment. Fine job!

In the District


On Friday, August 14th, I was proud to join Mt. Pleasant Police Officers at the Dunkin Doughnuts on Washington Ave. to raise dollars for Special Olympics. The Mt. Police Association will also be supporting Autism by sponsoring "Battle of the Badges" on September 26. Click here for more information about the event.  

On Wednesday, August 12, I had the honor of attending the grand opening of Kwik Trip #230 located at 10451 72nd Avenue in Pleasant Prairie. It is great to see yet another business growing and creating jobs in the 21st Senate District.
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21st Senate District 

Wisconsin State Capitol 
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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