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MADD: Wis., Minn. Failing at Preventing Drunk Driving

Created: 02/17/2014 8:50 PM WDIO.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving is giving Wisconsin a failing grade in its efforts to prevent drunken driving.

A Press-Gazette Media report says the anti-drinking group believes the state doesn't do enough to deter people from driving drunk or to clamp down on people with repeated offenses.

MADD gives the state a 2-out-of-5 ranking.

It says Wisconsin rates poorly because the state can't force a driver suspected of a first drunken-driving offense to provide a blood sample.

That's because Wisconsin classifies a first offense as a traffic case, not a crime.

The group wants Wisconsin to expand its uses of devices that prevent an intoxicated driver from starting a car, such as an ignition-interlock device.

MADD also gave a 2 to Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota. Only Montana was rated lower.

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Information from: Press-Gazette Media, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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