FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUNDAY, May 8, 2011
CONTACT: Gillian Morris, Press Secretary
(414) 975-0586, gillianm@wisdems.org


Pasch: Darling Drunk Driving Bill Falls Short

WHITEFISH BAY -- 8th state Senate District candidate Sandy Pasch issued the following statement today on Senator Alberta Darling's flawed bill that only criminalizes first time drunken-driving offenses for those driving nearly twice the legal limit:

"Every year in Wisconsin, families are torn apart by the tragedy of drunken driving, and Senator Darling's bill fails to seriously address the problem.  Essentially doubling the legal limit before criminal penalties are assessed sets a bad precedent, sends a mixed message, and embodies the kind of nonsense 'solutions' we get from out-of-touch career politicians who have been in Madison for far too long.  Rather than legislating in sound bites, we must take a more thoughtful, community-based approach to addressing the critical issue of drunken driving. Unfortunately, this proposal - coupled with likely cuts to public safety caused by the Walker and Darling budget - falls dramatically short for families and victims of drunk driving in Wisconsin."

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Authorized and Paid for by The Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Michael J. Tate, Chair