Wisconsin ranks number one in alcohol consumption in the United States. The problem with that is the enormous cost residents pay for Wisconsin DUI offenses. Excessive use of alcohol in Wisconsin costs nearly $6.8 billion per year (according to The Burden of Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin study by Black and Paltzer). In an attempt to have zero alcohol related deaths the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) has proposed tougher standards for drunk driving offenders by lowering the legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) from .08 to .05.
Alcohol Consumption in Wisconsin
The national average consumption of alcohol is at 16% of the population. Wisconsin’s average alcohol consumption is 28% higher than the national average. The excessive use of alcohol in Wisconsin is related to nearly 1,500 deaths, 48,578 hospitalizations, and 60,000 alcohol related arrests, according to 2011 annual statistics (Black and Paltzer).
Current Wisconsin DUI Costs
Wisconsin taxpayers, drunk driving offenders and their families, and other members of society pay a total of $6.8 billion per year which comes out to an estimated $1,200.00 per person. This breaks down to $2.9 billion goes toward lost productivity, $2.0 billion for premature death, $749 million towards healthcare, and the remaining $1.1 billion toward criminal justice, motor vehicles, and any remaining costs incurred.
Will Tougher Laws Change Wisconsin DUI’s?
There are many factors when it comes to a Wisconsin DUI, which is why it is necessary to contact a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney for your Wisconsin DUI offense. The NTSB hopes to reduce the amount of people who choose to drink and drive. However, a lower BAC limit may actually increase the amount of people driving “intoxicated.” Changes may lead to increased costs to Wisconsin residents.
Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney Nathan Dineen
A Wisconsin DUI charge is stressful, but don’t let one mistake ruin your life. Contact Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney Nathan J. Dineen at 877-384-6800 for a Free Case Review. Attorney Dineen stays on top of the ever-changing laws of drunk driving. He is your best defense against a Wisconsin DUI!
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