Wis. 3rd in US in Alcohol-related Boating Deaths

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin had the nation's third-highest number of alcohol-related boating deaths last year. That was the same year a legislative bill to stiffen penalties on drunken boaters fell flat.

A Press-Gazette Media report says intoxicated boating killed eight people in the state last year. That ranks Wisconsin behind only New York and Florida.

Republican state Rep. Garey Bies represents a district with more than 300 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline in Door and Kewaunee counties. In late 2011 he proposed a bill that would have prohibited a person from driving a boat for at least 12 months after a drunken-boating offense.

The bill died in committee. But Republican Rep. Andre Jacque, the bill's co-sponsor, says he thinks it may have a better chance if it's reintroduced this summer.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@wsaw.com.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.

powered by Disqus
WSAW-TV 1114 Grand Ave. Wausau, WI 54403
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 209005491 - wsaw.com/a?a=209005491
Gray Television, Inc.