The state of Wisconsin has outlawed DUI checkpoints, but one Milwaukee lawmaker has proposed “sobriety checkpoints.” The proposed plan of sobriety checkpoints begins with use on major holidays which promote drinking, such as the upcoming holiday, St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Wisconsin
St. Patrick’s Day is a celebratory day, weekend, or week in which many people drink green beer, dress in green from head-to-toe, and suddenly everyone is of Irish decent. On St. Patrick’s Day, many people start drinking early in the day and may stay out until all hours of the night. Now that you have been drinking all day, do you plan to get behind the wheel to drive home?
Green Beer, Red Eyes, Wisconsin DUI
Wisconsin DUI enforcement is on high alert during holidays, especially around St. Patrick’s Day. Any clue big or small is reason to pull over a driver on Wisconsin streets. It could be a burned out taillight, swerving, not wearing a seatbelt, etc. Once the officer approaches the driver and smells the “odor of alcohol” and notices “bloodshot eyes,” they will ask the driver to perform field sobriety tests to ultimately make an arrest for a Wisconsin DUI.
Proposed 2013 St. Patrick’s Day DUI Checkpoints
Other states already use DUI checkpoints to enforce and control drunk driving habits. Wisconsin has outlawed the use of DUI checkpoints. A lot of people think these checkpoints invade individual rights. Although the reason for the proposed checkpoints is to lessen the amount of drunk drivers and Wisconsin DUI arrests, the use of checkpoints is not likely.
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Although St. Patrick’s Day allows for everyone to drink like an Irishman, don’t get caught behind the wheel. If you have been arrested for a Wisconsin DUI while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, contact Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney Nathan J. Dineen at 877-384-6800 for a Free Case Review. He has offices located in Milwaukee, Germantown, West Bend, Appleton, and Sister Bay and is available 24/7. Have a safe and happy holiday!