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Wisconsin man charged with drunk driving twice in 3 hours

The legal limit for Wisconsin drivers is a blood alcohol level of .08 percent, but residents of the Badger State who are under the age of 21 are considered legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of just .02 percent under the state's zero tolerance law. Police in Brown County took an 18-year-old man into custody on drunk driving charges twice in less than three hours during the early morning hours of June 4, and toxicology tests suggest that he would have been well over the legal driving limit even if he were over 21 years of age.

Study looks into the effectiveness of ignition interlock laws

Wisconsin law requires motorists convicted of OWI to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles when they have a prior history of drunk driving, refused to submit to a toxicology test or were found to have a blood alcohol level of .15 percent or higher, but a study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Colorado School of Public Health suggests that a law mandating the installation of these devices in the vehicles of all drunk drivers would be more effective.

Rise in heroin, opioid use leads to drugged driving

Wisconsin drivers should keep in mind that others on the road might be under the influence of drugs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014, 1 in 5 drivers tested positive for drugs. Furthermore, the agency also reported that college students tend to drive while drunk and drugged in roughly equal numbers. Traffic fatalities are up as well.

The risk of DUI on St. Patrick's Day

Wisconsin residents are likely aware that St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year. Research indicates that this may result in more binge drinking and drunk driving. According to Alcohol Monitoring Systems, there will be a 17 percent jump nationwide in the number of repeat drunk drivers who violate orders to remain sober. Furthermore, violations are expected to be 25 percent higher on March 18 compared to the average daily violation rate.

NFL star faces an uncertain future after DUI guilty plea

The penalties for driving drunk can be severe in Wisconsin and around the country, but the consequences of getting behind the wheel after drinking sometimes go far beyond jail time, probation and fines. Individuals who drive for a living will be unable to earn a paycheck if their driver's licenses are suspended or revoked, and those who work in the public eye are often required to abide by the terms of strict substance-abuse policies.

No good answer for roadside marijuana tests

Though marijuana is not yet legal in Wisconsin, it is in some other states for both medical and recreational use. The widespread legalization is now bringing up questions about how to test drivers for marijuana intoxication. Police officers do not have a reliable way to determine whether drivers are stoned, and charging drivers with marijuana possession is no longer an option in many states.

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