* indicates required
Tuesday - February 27, 2018 5:57 am

WI lawmakers finally toughen drunk driving laws

Written by

It is a small step, but a step in the right direction. After years of giving lip service to making our roads safer by cracking down on drunk drivers, the state of Wisconsin is finally taking action. Lawmakers in both the Assembly and Senate have approved legislation calling for the permanent revocation of those arrested for drunk driving four times or more. Those convicted of OWI for a fourth time would lose their licenses, and they would not be eligible for an occupational license that would allow them to drive to and from work. They would be eligible to apply for reinstatement if they maintain a clean record during that time. This is long overdue. There are too many drunks on our roads. We shouldn't continue to give those people more opportunities to hurt themselves and others by continuing to drive legally. Our state lawmakers have until now largely refused to pass tougher drunk driving laws. Finally, they have done something. Yet, Wisconsin's drunk driving laws remain the most lax in the nation, with a first offense drunk driving charge the equivalent of a traffic ticket. Let's hope that in future legislative sessions our lawmakers continue to work to strengthen Wisconsin's drunk driving laws and realize that even one offense is too many.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.