Out for a few beers. Boom. Killed a young woman, and the driver's off to jail. It's a sad story that should have an impact.
Yesterday, Carrie Wisniewski, co-owner of Redbar, had Wisconsin's first IntoxBox installed at her St. Francis bar. The IntoxBox is a freestanding, digital breathalyzer about the size of a jukebox that reads a person's blood-alcohol content (BAC) and helps determine if he or she is safe behind the wheel.
The bucket list of OnMilwaukee.com publisher Andy Tarnoff doesn't include getting drunk in a room full of cops or drinking 11 ounces of vodka and nine shots before 2 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon. But he just can't pass up a unique opportunity for experiential journalism, even if it ended with a .132 percent blood alcohol content. Here's his first-person account of the Milwaukee Police Department's OWI "wet workshop."
Jonathan thought he was being somewhat responsible by taking the side streets home from the bar in Downtown Milwaukee. He knew he was drunk that Saturday night -- not blindingly so -- and had driven home to Wauwatosa in worse condition before. He didn't even feel like he was swerving, but when he dropped his wallet inside his car and bent down to pick it up, he hit an empty parked car.
Who hasn't said "I'm fine" while getting behind the wheel of their car during an innocent night out on the town. Chances are, you're not as fine as you think.
State lawmakers passed legislation that does little to curb drunk driving and decided to wait on the MPS takeover.
Yesterday, former doctor Mark Benson was sentenced to 30 years in prison for driving under the influence and killing 39-year-old Jennifer Bukosky, her 10-year-old daughter and her unborn daughter. Now, Bukosky's parents are focusing on changing Wisconsin's OWI laws. OnMilwaukee.com spoke to Bukosky's father, Paul Jenkins, just hours after the sentencing.
Lawmakers are considering stiffening penalties for drunk driving in the state and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department has an idea -- just one -- to help. Sobriety checkpoints are the solution, Sheriff's Department representatives said this week at a hearing in front of the state Senate's Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform and Housing Committee. "We cannot arrest our way out of this problem," said one sheriff's rep.
Sobriety checkpoints are a controversial issue in Wisconsin, a state in which casual, responsible alcohol consumption and its dangerous cousin -- binge drinking -- are part of the culture. Currently, Wisconsin is one of 12 states that does not allow police to set up roadblocks to investigate the possibility that operators are too impaired to drive. Many lawmakers would like to keep it that way.
Milwaukee police are stepping up efforts to curb drunk driving. Through a D.O.T. grant, officers use special patrols to ensure people don't drink and drive. We joined them for a ride-a-long.
What if you imbibe every night, but only have one or two glasses of wine? Or what if you drink excessive amounts but can hold down a job? A local counselor explains what it means to be an alcoholic.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving now reports that we tend to run into each other and kill each other more often than in other states after drinking and driving.
We always hear about the consequences of drunk driving, but according to the National Sleep Foundation, the dangers of driving while drowsy are just as great.
While many baseball teams have banned beer from clubhouses in the wake of Josh Hancock's death, the Brewers chose to continue trusting their players and keep the suds flowing (responsibly and in moderation).
Everyone knows that drinking and driving don't mix. Still, mistakes happen. In this special report, two area lawyers offer tips on how to keep a DUI arrest from getting worse.