Finding ways to reduce drunk driving in Wisconsin
Get Your Free Case Review

Finding ways to reduce drunk driving in Wisconsin

by | Nov 7, 2013 | Drunk Driving Accidents

The state of Wisconsin loses about 200 lives each year as a result of drunk driving car accidents. Since even one loss from a preventable accident is too many, lawmakers in the state are looking for new ways to stop the reckless behavior and prevent these accidents.

One way to do this is to increase the penalties for a OWI violation, which several lawmakers are attempting to do through new legislation on the state level. Currently Wisconsin is the only state in the country where a first OWI offense is not considered a crime, but rather is an infraction similar to a speeding ticket.

After the first offense, drivers still don’t face criminal liability if the second offense is more than 10 years later. There are several other similar loopholes giving drunk drivers a second and third chance to avoid criminal liability, many of which lawmakers are taking aim at in this new legislation. Specifically they will eliminate leniency for a second offense and it will be a misdemeanor regardless of how much time has passed.

When considering these types of new penalties it is important to think about the people whose lives they impact the most – victims of drunk driving accidents. By doing a better job deterring drunk driving, Wisconsin could potentially prevent hundreds of accidents and injuries, sparing victims and families the pain and suffering that comes when someone is injured by a drunk driver. Drunk driving is negligent behavior and those who injure others in a drunk driving accident must pay for their negligence, but that does not help undo the emotional harm that comes from these types of accidents.

Source: WIFR, “Wisconsin Lawmakers Looking for Tougher Drunk Driving Penalties,” Lauren Kravets, Nov. 4, 2013.

– Why Hire Nicolet Law? –

Get An Experienced Lawyer On Your Case

We’ve helped thousands of clients with a wide range of legal needs. Let us put the skills and experience we’ve gained along the way to work for you!

Get Our App!

Get our convenient, secure app to
send us legal documents and pay your bill. Available on the App Store and Google Play.

Download the Nicolet Law Office app from the App Store to conveniently send documents and issue payments to our attorneys.
Nicolet Law clients can conveniently send legal documents and issue payments through our secure app. Get it on Google Play.

More Than

Million Recovered for our clients


Clients Helped

More Than

Years In business


Years of Combined Experience

What Our Clients Say About Us

powered by BirdEye

Awards & Recognition

Our peers and independent third-party organizations have recognized the hard work and dedication we put into every case. This has led to numerous awards and accolades.

From Our Blog

Halloween Safety Tips

There is no doubt that Halloween is going to look a little different this year. Typically enjoyed by people of all ages...

Step-by-Step Guide for Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Imagine that you are driving to the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon when another car suddenly strikes the left side of...

Lost Wages Assistance and Disability Benefits

The coronavirus and resulting economic crisis have left millions of Americans in financial distress, and individuals with...

Stranger Than Fiction: Only in Wisconsin

In 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court barred a woman from suing a state employee whose negligence resulted in bodily injury...