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Driver facing OWI charge following collision with milk tanker

An investigation is underway in connection with an alleged OWI-related incident that occurred just west of Appleton on Oct. 22. According to authorities, two people were seriously injured when a drunk driver who was traveling northbound on Highway 73 crashed head-on into a milk tanker. The collision happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. near Neillsville in the vicinity of Bride Waters Drive.

New sensor could help reduce impaired driving

Wisconsin residents may be interested to know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 9,900 people are killed each year in drunk driving accidents. The Centers for Disease Control says that 88,000 people each year die from alcohol-related causes. However, a new patch that looks like a temporary tattoo could tell a driver if he or she is too impaired by alcohol to drive. The patch causes the skin to perspire and then monitors the electrical current flowing through that sweat.

Halloween + alcohol = one scary night

Halloween is known to be one of the deadliest days of the year. Not because of ghost or zombie costumes, but because of the number of alcohol-related deaths that occur every year. In 2015, 52 percent of all the Halloween driving fatalities were a result of a drunk driver with a BAC or .08 or higher. Data also shows that in 2013, 26 percent of pedestrian deaths on the holiday occurred because of an intoxicated driver.

The problem with low-level offence drug crimes

Wisconsin residents likely know that criminalizing the possession of personal amounts of drugs can lead to devastating harm. A report released by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union on Oct. 12 found that approximately 1.25 million are taken into custody every year, half of which are for marijuana-related crimes alone.

Concealing exculpatory evidence may result in a mistrial

Wisconsin residents likely know that criminal suspects are guaranteed due process by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, and they may also know that prosecutors are required to hand over all exculpatory evidence to defense attorneys during the discovery process. Mistrials may be declared when defendants in criminal cases are denied access to evidence that could either help to exonerate them or implicate another, but prosecutors who commit what are known as Brady violations rarely face any sanctions.

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