On the evening of November 4, all eyes in the state of Wisconsin will be glued to televisions and the Internet as the results of the 2014 general election come in. On this historic day, voters will be called on to decide not just who will represent them in the state legislature, but who will hold the offices of the governor, secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general.
Interestingly, of all the contested issues to arise in the race for the AG's office, there is actually one on which the two leading candidates agree: first-offense OWI. Here, they both agree that the Dairy State should continue to maintain its position as the only state to not criminalize first-time drunk driving and instead treat it as a traffic offense.
Not surprisingly, these respective positions have upset many vehicle safety advocacy groups, who argue that more must be done to combat the epidemic of drunk driving in the state and that this can start with criminalizing first-offense OWI.