• bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 4/9/2010 2:01pm PDT

    While I won't argue with those of you who think Wisconsin does a better job (culturally) with alcohol education (and yes, Wisconsin might be closest to Europe in that respect), it's worth noting that in much of Europe there's near ZERO tolerance for driving under the influence. Lost somewhere in this issue is that examples need to be set, and that drunk drivers -- whether they're politicians or corner-bar lushes -- should pay for putting the public at large in danger. It's a dangerous precedent to see high-profile offenders emerge, license intact.

  • REDLEGJS Posted: 4/8/2010 10:25am PDT

    kids should be allowed to drink with their parents, hopefully it will teach reponsable drinking.

  • Rico Posted: 4/8/2010 5:49am PDT

    The author of this article does not realize that Wisconsin is more responsible about teaching its people how to manage themselves. I grew up in Wisconsin and then moved to Chicago and I can tell you that people in Illinois are not mature enough to manage themselves therefore the state must do it for them. Look at European countries for a comparison. Wisconsin is more like them than any other state.

  • Chris Posted: 4/7/2010 6:30pm PDT

    ... and Wisconsin is still the promise land. No messin' with God's country. LOL

  • shwuebbler Posted: 4/7/2010 6:27pm PDT

    Boo Louis yaaaa beer. to the members of MADD, you people are a bigger buzz kill than buzz killington. btw I had me a couple three 10 or 12 before i wrote this!! happy trails.
    A.W.

  • Donny Posted: 4/7/2010 6:13pm PDT

    I believe that all states should allow bars and restaurants to serve underage citizens if they're with their parents. How are parents supposed to teach their children responsible drinking habits if they're not allowed to have a beer in a safe environment with them? The reason for the excessive alcohol abuse on college campuses is that kids are not taught responsible drinking habits, and go crazy once they're away from their parents and can get away with drinking. It is ridiculous for a country to say that a father cannot have a beer with his son at a restaurant. Lower the beer and wine age to 18, enforce zero tolerance policies for drinking and driving for under 21s (They get a DUI if they blow anything above a 0.00, many states have this already) and use the increased tax revenue to fight drunk drivers. Either that or consider under-21s to be minors in every way (Draft, being tried in a court system, legal obligations and responsiblities).

  • Rob Posted: 4/7/2010 5:53pm PDT

    For some reason, I don't find it comforting that 81.5% of crashes in Utah are caused by SOBER drivers...

  • Your kidding Posted: 4/7/2010 5:02pm PDT

    See the above posts on MADD and what "alcohol-impaired" means. Frankly this is a reason to move to wisconson, it treats it's residents as adults!

  • Ju Posted: 4/7/2010 4:51pm PDT

    It's legal all over the world for kids (if by kids you mean people under 18) to drink in bars, sometimes without a parent. Not sure why you are bringing that up here, or what it has to do with drunk driving.

  • deborah Posted: 4/7/2010 4:47pm PDT

    The statement about allowing parents to give their children alcoholic beverages is not only distorted (in a bar? also, at home, in a restaurant, or anywhere else that sells alcohol) but it has nothing to do with this article, which seems to be mostly focused driving while impaired or distracted. Are we pushing to bring back Prohibition? Are we pushing sobriety and teetotaling as "good" and alcohol consumption as "evil?" Is Car Connection now branching out to issuing judgments about peoples' parenting decisions?

  • Bob Posted: 4/7/2010 4:41pm PDT

    You're obviously not from Wisconsin.

  • Arthur Dent Posted: 4/7/2010 4:22pm PDT

    This article reads like it was written by a 19th century Quaker.

  • so what Posted: 4/7/2010 4:16pm PDT

    if drunk driving was a crime-then we have about 300 Million criminals in the US. back off the laws, this country is worse then communism. non-stop laws about absolutely everything.

  • chrismackechnie Posted: 4/7/2010 4:12pm PDT

    Seems to me like they just aren't letting the crazy moms at MADD dictate alcohol policy. I wish every state had the balls to suggest we've swung too far towards criminalization. And why *shouldn't* parents decide if their kids can enjoy a drink.

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 4/7/2010 9:45am PDT

    I grew up in Wisconsin. The state was dominated by the Progressive party - which meant and still means liberal politics. Kides under 21 could drink "Near Beer" which had a lower alcohol content. Milwaukee was the beer capitol of the US.

  • Bill Posted: 4/7/2010 7:41am PDT

    Instead of just regurgitating statistics about the percentage of fatal crashes that were "alcohol-impaired", how about doing a little research into what that term means? If you do, you'll find that law enforcement loves to use it as a catch-all, even though the main cause of the crash may have been something else ..... kind of like the overuse of "excessive speed" as a cause.

  • Mike Coughlin Posted: 4/7/2010 7:14am PDT

    Jeff Wood was OWI--he was under the influence of prescription drugs, not alcohol, for at least two of those stops. Now our ex DA, that's another story. She was hammered and drove about 80 miles before being pulled over.
    It's noon somewhere. Time for the first Leinie's of the day.
    Welcome to Wisconsin. Set the wayback machine for 1965.