Walworth County, Wisconsin

Don’t let this happen to you

Don’t drink and drive

Drunk or drug-impaired driving is a common, but preventable, cause of traffic crashes in Wisconsin.

Alcohol is involved in more than 1/3 of all fatal traffic crashes in the state, making alcohol-related traffic deaths the single largest component of all Wisconsin traffic fatalities.

Prevention

In spite of progress in reducing alcohol-impaired crashes, the drunk driving problem will not be solved until people change their attitudes toward drinking and driving.

Avoid driving if you've been drinking. Even a small amount of alcohol in your system can impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely.

Don't let your friends drive if they've had too much to drink. Someone who gets behind the wheel after he's been drinking is in danger of harming himself or others.

Plan ahead. If you plan to be drinking, your evening out will be safer and more enjoyable if you have decided ahead of time how you will get home safely and who will drive. It's best to designate a driver who won't be drinking.

What to Expect if You Drink and Drive

Conviction Fine or forfeiture Jail Suspension or revocation Alcohol assessment Demerit points

OWI, First
(Per se AC > .08)

$150-$3006
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
No 6-9 months revocation Yes
6
OWI, Second
(Per se AC > .08)
$350-$1,100
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
5 days to 6 months 12-18 months revocation
Vehicle immobilized or equipped with IID
Yes
6
OWI, Third
(Per se AC > .08)
$600-$2,000
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
30 days to 1 year 2-3 years revocation Vehicle immobilized or equipped with IID or may be seized Yes
6
OWI, Fourth
(Per se AC > .02)
$600-$2,000
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
60 days to 1 year 2-3 years revocation Vehicle immobilized or equipped with IID or may be seized Yes
6
OWI, Fifth or more
(Per se AC > .02)
$600-$10,000
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
6 months to 6 years imprisonment 2-3 years revocation Vehicle immobilized or equipped with IID or may be seized Yes
6
Causing Injury While OWI $300-$2,000 (plus $355 OWI surcharge) 30 days to 1 year 1-2 years revocation Yes
6
Causing Great Bodily Harm by OWI Up to $25,000
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
Up to 12.5 years imprisonment 2 years revocation Yes
6
Homicide While OWI Up to $100,000 (plus $355 OWI surcharge) Up to 25 years or, if one or more prior OWI-related offense, up to 40 years 5 years revocation Yes
6
Chemical Test Refusal (First)

 

 

1-year revocation Yes
0
Chemical Test Refusal (Second)

 

 

2-year revocation
Vehicle immobilized or equipped with IID
Yes
0
Chemical Test Refusal (Third or greater)

 

 

3-year revocation
Vehicle immobilized or equipped with IID or may be seized
Yes
0
Administrative Suspension for Prohibited Alcohol Concentration

 

 

6 months suspension

 

0
Open Container (Driver or passenger) $100

 

 

 

0

 

Reproduced with permission from the State of Wisconsin, Department of Transportation
For more information, visit their website

 

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