Weekly Democratic radio address: "Save lives by investing in OWI treatment and prevention efforts"

MADISON – Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) offered the Democratic weekly radio address today. In his radio message, Sen. Carpenter highlighted the concerns with drunk driving and the negative impact of continued Republican cuts to cost-effective OWI treatment and prevention programs.

"Alcohol and drug treatment programs have proven to be successful at reducing recidivism rates, reducing costs to taxpayers and saving lives. These programs are working, and we should be expanding on these opportunities for success – not limiting them." - Sen. Tim Carpenter 


The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:
http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen03/carpenterradioaddress5.6.15.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below: 

"Hi, this is State Senator Tim Carpenter. Drunk driving is an epidemic in our state. Too many of our family, friends and neighbors are hurt or killed by drunk drivers every day. 

"Rather than addressing this crisis and making our streets safer, this week, legislative Republicans went along with Governor Walker’s plan to cut funding for drunk driving treatment and prevention efforts. Alcohol and drug treatment programs have proven to be successful at reducing recidivism rates, reducing costs to taxpayers and saving lives. These programs are working, and we should be expanding on these opportunities for success – not limiting them.

"We can’t afford to run from these problems and ignore the epidemic of drunk driving in our state any longer. Rather than defunding important treatment programs like Republicans have proposed, we need to step up and stop the growing trend of drunk driving in our state. Together, we can make sure that no one in Wisconsin has to deal with the personal tragedy of losing a family member or friend to drunk driving. Thank you."