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Madison Drunk Driving Newsletter for December 2013

Updated by Attorney Stangl on November 26, 2013

WISCONSIN OWI

Each month here on the Stangl Law Offices blog, we like to do a round-up newsletter post of sorts, complete with some of the most interesting and impactful drunk driving-related news on the web. This month’s edition of the newsletter includes three headlines:

NTSB Focuses On Drunken Driving Deaths

Although nationwide drunken driving fatalities has been steadily decreasing over the past three decades, the numbers still remain too high for officials at the National Transportation Safety Board. As it stands today, roughly 10,000 deaths and 173,000 injuries are linked to OWI each year.

After a period of carefully considering the drunken driving numbers from state to state as they relate to localized drunk driving laws, the board has submitted practical recommendations to all 50 states based on the challenges each one faces most.

In an effort to “revisit what has been done, reinvigorate the dialogue, and put alcohol and drug impaired driving on our most wanted list,” Jana Price––leader of a year-long NTSB study discussed the increased attention OWI is receiving in 2013.

She added that the focus of the effort was to target strategies that would reach the most people and be most apt to actual implementation through state governments. With the recommendations in place, the willingness of state legislatures to pass such laws remains to be seen.

Click here to read the original article.

Courageous Garbage Can Heroically Halts Drunk Driver From Wrecking Havoc On The Streets Of Janesville, Wisconsin

The streets of Janesville are a little safer after the heroic actions of a local garbage can who risked life and limb to stop a drunk driver before disaster struck.

Robert Briggs, 42, of Janesville was pulled over and taken into custody by a Janesville police officer at 11:15 pm on the night of Sunday, November 10th after the officer saw Briggs driving with a garbage can stuck under the front bumper of his vehicle.

Upon being pulled over, Briggs admitted to having consumed alcohol that night and failed subsequent field sobriety tests given by the offer. The status of the garbage can remains unknown.

Click here to read the original article.

Dane County Sheriffs Department Begin Special OWI Enforcement

Earlier this month, the Dane County Sheriff’s Department took to Madison streets to make an extra effort against drunk drivers.

A $60,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is providing the funds needed to step up patrols in and around the Madison area. Starting November 19th, more officers can be found monitoring areas found to be susceptible to OWI activity around the city.

This is not the first time a state agency has invested in increased OWI enforcement measures. Last year, a similar program found four people armed and intoxicated as well as nine in possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia. This year’s grant is set to expire some time in September of next year.

 

Topics: Drunk Driving Charges (OWI)

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