A couple of state lawmakers from Brown County in Wisconsin are all in favor of permanently cancelling the driving permits of chronic repeat offenders. This was inspired by a recent report compiled by the Gannet media investigative team that shed light on the relaxed laws in Wisconsin and how they are repeatedly exploited.
Why not use an installed breathalyzer?
Rep. Eric Genrich, a Democrat, says that this proposal essentially means that the fifth time a driver is caught driving under the influence, it will result in a permanent revocation of hisher driving license. He goes on to talk about how driving should be thought of as a privilege, not a right, and that if one has repeatedly proven his her inability to be responsible behind the wheel heshe should most certainly be held accountable.
According to New Berlin, WI OWI attorneys, this new proposal if enforced will emulate the laws that are currently in force in New York. New York has reported a significant reduction in DUI’s as a result of these efforts to combat the problem of driving under the influence.
However, some people have expressed concerns that a permanent cancellation of driving licenses maybe a little too harsh and the lawmakers have considered it and have made a provision for drivers with permanent revocations who have a clean record from that point onwards and have completed sufficient treatment programs and are able to prove their worth with the help of an OWI attorney, maybe eligible for the reinstatement of their licenses after a minimum period of 10 years.
39 year old man picks up his 8th OWI
After what one can only imagine as a rather wild and booze fuelled Friday night for 39 year old Carlos London, he was found standing beside his wrecked car in the early hours of Saturday morning at around a quarter past two by a Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy. The deputy that spotted him, while attempting to assist him, did not fail to notice slurring and the stench of alcohol on his breath. After undergoing customary field sobriety tests he was taken to the Dane County Jail.
Carlos London, of Madison, escaped uninjured from the crash.
Wisconsin state OWI laws open to interpretation
Recent reports put forward by the Gannet media investigative team reveals that, repeat offenders that have been arrested for as many as 7-8 times for drunken driving in the state of Wisconsin, do not serve the mandatory sentences as a result of loopholes in the words that constitute the law and lenient judges in the courthouses.
Ben Kempinen, a professor at the university of Wisconsin law school, which imparts knowledge to many potential future OWI attorneys and judges expressed his disapproval of judges that were not following the mandate and instead treating these mandates as guidelines.
There have been cases where offenders found guilty have had reduced sentences handed down to them by the judges. Sometimes, they are also made eligible for early release programs.
Many state lawmakers that have repeatedly pushed for stricter OWI laws feel that the law is not open to interpretation and that the judges should follow these laws as they are.