Study shows cocktail mixers can affect level of intoxication

We recently wrote that personal breathalyzer tests are growing in popularity. An increasing number of Wisconsin residents who want to enjoy a social drinking life while avoiding potential legal troubles from an accidental DUI incident have found it helpful to invest in their own breathalyzer to take some of the guesswork out of deciding whether […]

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What to look for when buying a personal breathalyzer test

For many Wisconsin residents, the following scenario is a familiar one: You’re out on the town with friends and have just a few drinks. You need to get home at the end of the night, and you still feel pretty sober, but you’re not sure what a blood-alcohol test would say. Wouldn’t it be nice […]

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What is next for Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws? – Part II

In our last post, we began a discussion about the ways in which Wisconsin legislators are currently approaching drunk driving penalties in Wisconsin. We mentioned that the structure of DUI penalties in Wisconsin is unique in at least one way. The Dairy State is the only state in the nation that does not generally treat […]

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What is next for Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws? – Part I

Wisconsin is famous for a multitude of reasons. The state is home to notable sports teams, has a strong educational system and is known for exports including dairy products and great beer. However, the structure of DUI penalties in Wisconsin is famous for largely critical reasons. This is mainly because Wisconsin is the only state […]

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Federal agency recommends tougher DUI sentencing nationally

Wisconsin has some pretty tough sentencing guidelines for those who are convicted of drunk driving. But a strong recommendation from federal regulators could make Wisconsin’s DUI penalties even more stringent than they are now. Earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a recommendation that all states should require mandatory installation of ignition […]

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Wisconsin man charged with drunk driving on a lawnmower

In February, we wrote that Wisconsin authorities and lawmakers are increasingly cracking down on drivers who allegedly drive intoxicated in recreational vehicles. This includes snowmobiles, boats, ATVs and other vehicles. People don’t always realize it, but operating nearly any motorized or powered vehicle while intoxicated is illegal and could result in DUI charges. As one […]

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DUI defendant learns that iPhone can’t be used as a breathalyzer

Smart phones are great tools that make our lives more convenient and entertaining. But it is no secret that smart phones can also inspire us to do some dumb things, especially when alcohol is involved. Waukesha residents need to remember that an iPhone can do a lot, but it can’t tell if you’re too drunk […]

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National debate continues about stricter ignition interlock laws

In recent months there has been considerable nationwide debate about the use of ignition interlock devices (IIDs) as a means of reducing repeat drunk driving offenses and drunk driving crashes. Wisconsin already requires the mandatory installation of an IID for DUI repeat offenders and those convicted with a blood-alcohol concentration of at least 0.15 percent. […]

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DUI penalties in Wisconsin could increase if federal bill passes

Since July of 2010, Wisconsin state law has called for the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) for any driver convicted of a repeat OWI or convicted of their first offense with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 percent or higher. These IIDs are expensive, inconvenient and potentially embarrassing for those who are […]

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Recreational vehicle drivers targeted in new Wisconsin DUI bill

Many residents in Waukesha and around the state love to take advantage of the beautiful scenery that Wisconsin has to offer. That’s one of the reasons why more than 220,000 registered snowmobiles and countless other boats and all-terrain vehicles are registered statewide. But as recreational-vehicle enthusiasts continue to hit the trails and lakes, the Wisconsin […]

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