The decision that was made back in September of 2003, lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .10 to .08. It was an attempt to discourage drunk driving, but officials say the change in the limit unfortunately hasn't caused much change in Wisconsin drivers.
The Associated Press reports that during the first three months of lowering the limit to .08, the number of drunk drivers and fatal accidents did not go down, as expected. Wausau police say it's a problem that needs major attention.
"The main thing is getting the message to people that if they're going to drink, they need to monitor it closely if thinking about driving as well," says Chief Bill Brandimore, Wausau Police Department.
Brandimore says arrests in Wausau for drunk driving since .08 went into effect have stayed the same. He says the average arrests involving drunken driving is over .17 percent.
In 2003 alone, there were more than 9,000 accidents in Wisconsin involving alcohol.
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Source: www.whatsdrivingyou.org contributed to this report
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