Friday, May 3, 2013
Wisconsin's drunk driving-related incidents are the highest in the United States and state Legislators have crafted six bills to confront the issue, but they carries a hefty price tag.
Some state Republican Legislators want to toughen the laws for habitual drunk drivers and first-time drunk drivers if they cause an injury or killed someone, but the price tag for those laws could cost taxpayers up to $236 million, according to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal. Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) have introduced six bills to the Senate and House. The bills would: Because of the jail time provisions, the state expects to have to build 17 facilities that would each house 300 people. "A fiscal estimate from the state Department of Corrections put the cost of the bill regarding third and subsequent offenses at between $169 million and $204 million annually. Other agencies also weighed in, …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Rep. Jim Ott plans to introduce six bills that would increase penalties for drunk driving across the board, from making first offenses criminal charges to introducing minimum sentence requirements for other offenses.
It may get tougher for repeat drunk driving offenders, if Rep. Jim Ott has his way. The state legislator—a Republican from Mequon who also represents parts of the North Shore—plans to introduce six bills in the Assembly aimed at levying stiffer penalties against people who drink and drive. According to his website, the bills will make it so: A person convicted of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle would have to serve at least 10 years in prison. A person convicted of a third or higher drunken driving offense may have their vehicle seized. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/related/proposals/sb61 First-offense drunk driving convictions would be misdemeanors that come with at least five days in jail. A second-offense drunk driving…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
After being pulled over for speeding, two local men were arrested by Shorewood police for their second operating while intoxicated incidents.
A 31-year-old Shorewood man pulled over for driving 22 MPH over the speed limit Friday morning was later arrested for his second drunken driving offense. Police pulled him over in the 1100 block of East Capitol Drive just before 2 a.m. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.19 blood alcohol content, according to police. He was also cited for speeding and operating after revocation. On Saturday night, a 30-year-old Whitefish Bay man was arrested for second offense drunken driving after being pulled over for driving 16 MPH over the posted speed limit. When police pulled him over in the 1100 block of East Capitol Drive at 11:40 p.m., a sobriety test was conducted, which the man failed. The driver registered a 0.14 blood alcohol …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
An Oak Creek man arrested for drunk driving last week has six prior convictions, but only one since 1996. How much should that time span factor into what punishment he faces now, if at all?
Should the time between drunk driving arrests have an impact on how those people are handled in the courts? An Oak Creek man was arrested for operating while intoxicated last week near Mitchell International Airport. The 51-year-old man has six prior convictions, but only one in the last 16 years. If a person’s second OWI comes at least 10 years after the first, then it is generally treated like a “first offense” in Wisconsin. But if it happens a third time — no matter when any of them occurred — then the person is considered to have two first-offense convictions and a third-offense conviction. In the case of the Oak Creek man, he was given a two-year prison sentence for his sixth offense, in 2002, but it was “stayed,” essentially turning …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Shorewood police have been busy the last couple weeks with drunken driving and operating while intoxicated incidents in the village.
In less than two weeks, Shorewood police have made at least eight operating while intoxicated arrests. Here are the latest offenses:
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A roundup of the latest from the Shorewood police log.
A 16-year-old Shorewood girl and 17-year-old Mequon boy were arrested Sunday night after police found them in possession of alcohol, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Police were dispatched to the 4100 block of North Stowell Avenue at 1:26 a.m. for a report of people arguing in an alleyway. One block east in the 4100 block of North Downer Avenue, police observed the teens sitting in a car, and smelled pot and alcohol after speaking with the teenagers. Both suspects were given breathalyzers and came back positive. Police found a blue and purple glass pipe, .3 grams of pot and a bottle of vodka in the teenager's possession. Also in the police report:
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Suspect speeding though Shorewood apologizes to a police officer for his poor driving.
A 20-year-old Wind Lake man is facing drunk driving charges after a Shorewood police officer spotted him speeding through the village with his hazard lights on. Joseph Z. Kern was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of second offense operating while intoxicated and one count of operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration. If convicted, he faces up to six months in prison and $1,100 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: A Shorewood police officer was on patrol Monday near North Oakland Avenue and East Kenmore Place when he spotted Kern speeding southbound on Oakland in a Volkswagon Jetta with his hazard lights on. The officer pulled the car over and Kern said he was “sorry” for “…
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Suspect hit the victim's double-parked car, injured three in the car, then drove off on the sidewalk.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Shorewood man accused of slamming into a parked car, injuring three and then fleeing the scene, leaving his license plate behind late last month, has been charged with drunken driving. Paul J. Lemire, 23, was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday with one count of second offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail and $1,100 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On Jan. 28, Lemire was driving his Ford Mustang in the 3500 block of North Oakland Avenue when he hit a car parked on the side of the street. Lemire fled the scene of the accident by driving on the sidewalk. The owner of the car said the accident pushed his car 20 feet. However, Lemire’s front bumper fell off during …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
A roundup of the latest from the Shorewood police reports.
Shorewood police made two drunken driving arrests within the last few days, with one man's blood/alcohol level calculated at twice the legal limit. A 66-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for operating while intoxicated Friday at about 11:10 p.m., after police pulled him over in the 2700 block of East Beverly Avenue for erratic driving and operating without headlights. The man failed a field sobriety test and police say his blood alcohol concentration was calucated at .19. It was the man’s first OWI offense. Monday around midnight, a 23-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for drunken driving after he was caught speeding in the 3600 block of North Oakland Avenue. The man failed a field sobriety test, but refused to submit to a blood …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
More than 660,000 people expected to travel in Wisconsin over the Labor Day weekend, slightly fewer than last year. But convergence of sporting events and holiday could make Thursday as hairy as any on the roads.
Wisconsin’s Labor Day weekend has an extra day this year, at least from the standpoint of action on the roads. But weather is expected to be great, road construction is limited and gas prices are not expected to spike, so there are plenty of positive factors if you plan to be out and about. Thursday features the Brewers at Miller Park against the rival St. Louis Cardinals at 3 p.m., a Green Bay Packers preseason game at Lambeau Field at 7 p.m. and the Wisconsin Badgers’ first football game of the year vs. UNLV, in Madison and also at 7 p.m. Combine that action with families pulling out of town that evening for their Labor Day getaway — or hurtling up from Illinois for a weekend “Up North” — and the state’s major thoroughfares could be …