August 20th through September 6th marks another statewide crackdown on drunk drivers. Once again Bayside Police Department joins forces with agencies throughout Wisconsin to arrest impaired motorists.
This is the first statewide crackdown on drunken driving since a new law took effect on July 1st that significantly strengthens deterrents and increases penalties for operating a motor vehilce while intoxicated (OWI) in Wisconsin. The new state law increases jail time for many OWI convictions. In addition, it requires first offense OWI drivers who were convicted with a blood/breath alcohol level of .15 or higher and all repeat drunken drivers to install in ignition interlock device (IID) on every vehicle that they own or have registered in their name. An IID, which measures breath alcohol levels, makes convicted drunken drivers prove they are sober before they can start a vehicle.
Drunken driving devastates individuals, families and communities. Alcohol related crashes killed 238 people and injured 3,793 last year alone. There were approximately 45,000 convictions for drunken driving in WIsconsin in 2009. Don't be a part of those statistics for 2010.