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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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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Looking back: where did drunk driving laws originate?

We have previously written about Wisconsin’s tough drunk driving laws. And things are only going to get tougher as time goes on. In July of last year, Wisconsin enacted a new law increasing the punishments for DUI repeat offenders and first-time offenders with a BAC at or above 0.15 percent. Since that time, thousands of […]

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Wisconsin issues thousands of ignition interlock devices last year

Just over a year ago, the state of Wisconsin enacted a new law increasing penalties for repeat OWI offenders. In July of 2010, a law went into effect requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) for anyone convicted of repeat OWI or for first offenders with a BAC of 0.15 percent or higher. […]

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Alcohol Detection Systems May Become Mandatory For All Drivers

New car technology continues to improve the driving experience while making cars safer and more reliable. However, new technology can sometimes be viewed as an invasion of privacy and a threat to individual rights. This is the argument over two new devices which seek to stop drunk driving before it starts. Department of Transportation Secretary […]

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