The State of Drunk Driving

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Oct 13, 2008 in Drunken Driving Accidents

A state Department of Transportation analysis of the 39,866 OWI convictions in calendar 2007 shows that 15,708 tickets or 39.4% went to someone with one or more prior convictions.

But, in five counties, DOT statistics show that more than half of all drivers convicted of OWI in 2007 were repeat offenders: Taylor County, 54.3%; Price County, 54.1%; Vernon County, 51.9%; Crawford County, 51.1%, and Lafayette County, 50%.

The five counties with the lowest percentages of repeat OWI offenders in 2007: Kenosha, 30%; Pierce, 31.9%; Dunn, 32%; Florence, 32.4%, and Buffalo, 32.5%.

The percentages of OWI tickets that went to repeat offenders in 2007 in southeast Wisconsin counties were: Milwaukee County, 33.6%; Waukesha County, 38.4%; Washington County, 39.1%, and Ozaukee County, 42.9%.

In Wisconsin, the law allows injured victims of drunk driving collisions to collect compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and incidentals along with punitive damages.  Punitive damages are meant, in part, to punish the drunk driver for his/her disregard of another's rights.

Pitman, Kalkhoff & Sicula is a Wisconsin personal injury law firm handling cases through out the state.  Our personal injury lawyers have successfully represented injured people in almost every county. We know Wisconsin.

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