Monday, February 17, 2014

2-18-14 madd gives wisconsin an f for efforts to curb drunken driving

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Mothers Against Drunk Driving is giving Wisconsin a failing grade in its efforts to prevent drunken driving.   The anti-drinking group believes the state doesn't do enough to deter people from driving drunk or to clamp down on people with repeated offenses.  MADD gives the state a 2-out-of-5 ranking. It says Wisconsin rates poorly because the state can't force a driver suspected of a first drunken-driving offense to provide a blood sample. That's because Wisconsin classifies a first offense as a traffic case, not a crime.   The group wants Wisconsin to expand its uses of devices that prevent an intoxicated driver from starting a car, such as an ignition-interlock device.  MADD also gave a 2 to Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota. Only Montana was rated lower.

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