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Man faces 5th OWI conviction

A Wisconsin man faces prison time after a traffic stop for a possible fifth OWI offense if convicted. On Feb. 12, another motorist reported a 2004 Chevrolet SUV that nearly hit a bridge, swerved between lanes and randomly stopped. The concerned citizen thought the person driving was drifting into unconsciousness.

Breathalyzer test for marijuana on the horizon

Most Wisconsin drivers know that driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal. Even though the laws are understood, it is not always easy for authorities to tell whether a person is under the influence of pot. This may change in the future as scientists are beginning to learn more about how to test whether this drug is in a person's system.

NHTSA report points to a surge in marijuana-impaired driving

A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that the number of marijuana-impaired drivers in Wisconsin and around the country has increased by about 50 percent in only seven years. The agency's 2013 and 2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers also reveals that traces of THC, which is the chemical compound in marijuana that causes impairment, were found in the oral fluids or blood of 13 percent of the nighttime drivers who participated in the study and 9 percent of the daytime drivers who were tested.

DUI sobriety programs in Wisconsin

Motorists in Wisconsin must contact a state-approved facility to make an appointment for a drug or alcohol assessment within 72 hours of being convicted of driving while under the influence. The goal of these assessments is to determine whether or not the individual concerned requires treatment for a substance abuse problem. Recidivism is a serious issue among drunk drivers, and states have come to realize that the problem has more to do with addiction than it does with criminal intent.

Changes to administrative license suspension procedures

On June 23, Wisconsin attorneys who work on OWI cases were reminded by the State Bar of Wisconsin that, on July 1, a new Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles rule would go into effect. This rule states that a case that involved an administrative suspension would not be automatically dismissed if the arresting officer failed to make an appearanc.

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.

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