A few Republican state representatives want to lower Wisconsin's legal drinking age from 21 to 19 years old. It's an interesting proposition and an age-old debate, though the current bill faces an uphill battle, and particularly two significant obstacles.
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.
Wisconsin remains the only state in the union that does not criminalize the first OWI offense. In a state that embraces its drinking culture, trying to do so has been a difficult path for lawmakers and advocacy groups.
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.
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.
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.