Are you tired of the headlines about drunk drivers in Wisconsin? It seems that each day, there’s another man or woman with multiple OWIs who continues to drive while intoxicated. As the state with the worst reputation for drunk driving in the country, there has to be something that can be done. Lives and property are at risk, and in Wisconsin, the financial impact of drunk driving is unspeakable.
When you’re ready to make some changes to the OWI laws in Wisconsin, try some of these:
- E-mail your local, state and national legislators about your concerns and offer suggestions.
- Create a petition for people to sign (in person and/or online).
- Volunteer with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) or another organization that promotes drunk driving awareness.
You can also offer to be a designated driver for your friends at a bar, or host a party where nobody is allowed to leave if they’ve been drinking. Since Wisconsin is so well-known for its “beer culture,” the little things you do in order to keep your friends safe from drunk drivers (and, from being drunk drivers) can show them that the behaviors are dangerous, but, not entirely discouraged by the laws of the state. The new “buzz” you all share could be the excitement of creating positive changes in the lives (and OWI laws) of Wisconsin.
It may be a long process to change OWI laws, but, in Wisconsin, that process is well overdue. Instead of minor infractions for drunk driving violations, you can suggest options that can discourage first-time and repeat offenders from drinking and driving, including car breathalyzer and ignition interlock installations. Your concern for the people in your state can be the catalyst for change that is needed in Wisconsin, and you could be the ultimate hero in the eyes of thousands of people.