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Federal study urges lowered drunk driving limits

For Wisconsin residents, being convicted of drunk driving can carry serious penalties. The state, like all other states, has a blood alcohol content limit of .08 percent. Being found driving while at or over that threshold can lead to a fine, incarceration and a driver's license suspension. A federally funded study argues that the BAC limit should be reduced in order to reduce the number of fatalities and serious crashes.

Wisconsin woman charged with OWI following crash with 8 children

Law enforcement responding to a single-vehicle collision on the I-43 highway in Milwaukee on Jan. 10 encountered eight children and two adults outside a minivan that had struck a retaining wall. Deputies described the results of the 30-year-old female driver's field sobriety test as poor. Her breath test produced a blood alcohol level of .088, which resulted in her arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and transporting children.

"Jackass" star faces drunk driving charges

Wisconsin residents may be concerned about their next steps if they have been cited for driving under the influence. DUI charges aren't uncommon, but they can have a major impact. High-profile celebrities also frequently face these kinds of cases.The star of "Jackass", Bam Margera, was arrested on Jan. 7 for driving under the influence in California. He was stopped after state highway police saw him on his phone while driving after they had already stopped another car. Police reported that they smelled alcohol on his breath before giving him a field sobriety test and a Breathalyzer. He was taken into custody but later released on his own recognizance.

Mishap in drive-thru lane leads to DUI for country artist

Country music fans in Wisconsin may be interested in knowing about a drunk driving case that is unfolding in warmer climates. According to reports, singer Michael Ray was taken into custody on Dec. 20 after his Jeep Wrangler rear-ended a car in a fast-food restaurant's drive-thru lane in Florida. Ray was reportedly detained on a $6,000 bond at the Lake County jail following the incident.

The White House increases awareness of impaired driving

In Wisconsin, like every other state in the country, the legal limit for intoxication is .08 percent. When a person gets behind the wheel and is driving impaired, they put their lives at risk as well as the lives of other individuals in their vehicle, other drivers and innocent pedestrians. Every 50 minutes, approximately one individual loses their life in an alcohol-related automobile accident. As a result, many states have put strict laws in place to deter impaired driving.

Eau Claire city sign knocked down by alleged drunk driver

According to a representative from the Eau Claire Police Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol arrested a 48-year-old woman who was involved in the destruction of the city's sign on Madison Street. The arrest took place where her vehicle stopped after moving westbound on Cameron Street.

Popular rapper faces 15 charges in drunk driving incident

Rapper Fetty Wap was taken into police custody on Nov. 3 after failing a roadside sobriety test, and rap enthusiasts in Wisconsin may want to know more about events surrounding the incident. According to media sources, the "My Way" star was pulled over by New York City police following a drag-racing incident in Brooklyn. Sources say that the rapper showed police an expired driver's license during the preliminary investigation.

Woman charged after fatal drunk driving accident

On Oct. 19, it was reported that a driver who survived a fatal head-on car crash in Wisconsin on Oct. 13 said that she had been taken into custody three times in three days for driving under the influence of alcohol. The 53-year-old woman was charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

Defining reasonable suspicion and probable cause

For the most part, drivers in Wisconsin cannot be stopped on suspicion of drunk driving unless a police officer has a good reason to suspect that the driver is impaired. This is called reasonable suspicion, and it gives a police officer the right to detain someone and perform a brief investigation.

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.

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