Legislative/Local Policy Action

These are policy issues that some communities are considering.

If you wish to contact your local legislator to voice your opinion (pro or con) on any policies/issues, you may go to the following website:

http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/government.html

Smoke Free Workplaces

Wisconsin is now a smoke-free state!!!! All indoor workplaces are smoke free! This smoking ban also includes some outdoor places such as the County Grandstands in Lancaster. contact us.

Keg registration

All beer kegs would have a tag attached to the keg which would be a number. This number would relate back to the person who purchased the keg. The purpose of keg registration is to deter people from supplying underage drinkers with alcohol. The idea is that when a party would be busted by police, they could confiscate the keg, and trace the keg by the tag on it to the purchaser. The reason for doing this is to keep youth safe because typically kegs are used at large parties where drunk driving occurs afterwards and a high amount of alcohol is consumed because kegs are cheap. This is often a win-win situation for retailers because they are more likely to get their kegs back and liability may be reduced for them. The purchaser of the keg would sign an agreement saying they agree not to provide to a minors and understand the ramifications. WI is one of the few states that does not have a law of this type in place.

Increase alcohol tax

Read about the proposal to Increase the alcohol tax.

Sobriety check points

Sobriety checkpoints or roadblocks that involve law enforcement officials stopping every vehicle (or more typically, every nth vehicle) on a public roadway and investigating the possibility that the driver might be too impaired to drive. They are often set up late at night or in the very early morning hours and on weekends, at which time the proportion of impaired drivers tends to be the highest.

With a portable and quick alcohol breath test, the police can test all drivers, and process the cars one by one as in a conveyor belt. When there is no quick test, a more complicated routine is necessary. Upon suspicion, the stopped driver is required to exit the vehicle and take a roadside sobriety test that requires the demonstration of both mental and balance skills. If the officer determines that the test has not been passed, the driver is then required to take an alcohol breath test.

Mandatory interlock car devices

The concept is that this law would require anyone convicted of DUI / DWI will be required to use an ignition interlock device. The device prevents the vehicle from starting if the driver doesn’t supply a breath sample with an acceptable alcohol level. For Illinois drivers, that level will be .05 percent BAC. Many accused DUI / DWI drivers aren’t aware that ignition interlock devices can be useful tools when fighting a drunk driving charge. Using an ignition interlock device voluntarily after a DUI / DWI arrest demonstrates to the court that you’re serious about preventing any future incidents of drinking and driving.

Mandatory suspension of teen licenses

This law would make it a mandatory sentence of removal of teen licenses for teens who have been charged with driving while under the influence.

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