Wanggaard Named MADD Legislator of the Year
This week, I was humbled to be recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) as a "2015 Legislator of the Year." The group recognized eight legislators from Wisconsin for leadership in the Wisconsin Legislature to stop drunk driving.
I was proud to be able to bring two bills forward this year to help combat drunk driving. The first, Senate Bill 222/Assembly Bill 266, would create an Ignition Interlock Resricted Driver's License. Under the bill, a person with a restricted license would be prohibited from driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock device (IID). Currently, the IID is tied to a vehicle, which means a convicted drunk driver could drive a different car without a device and would only be guilty of a traffic violation if caught. This bill ties the IID to the driver's license, so the driver is required to use an IID on any vehicle they drive.
I also drafted Senate Bill 335/Assembly Bill 432, or the "5 Strikes and You're Out" bill. This bill would revoke someone's driver's license for 10 years if they have been convicted of drunk driving at least five times.
Although, I am honored to be named for this award, I didn't offer these bills thinking I would receive recognition for it. I authored these bills to address the all-too-high cost that drunk driving, and especially repeat drunk driving, is taking on our families, our communities and our state. I am thankful for the award, but we must remember the battle against drunk driving continues, and there is more to be done.