By Paul Schmitt
Local law enforcement would like to see more severe penalties for drunk driving. When it comes to heavy and binge drinking, Wisconsin ranks second in the country behind only North Dakota in the highest percentage of adults who drink excessively. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly one in four adults (24.7%) in Wisconsin report binge or heavy drinking. Wisconsin also is the 8th highest state with alcohol-related driving deaths at 36.9%. Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says he would like to see Wisconsin make Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) first-time offenders face criminal charges.
The study also showed that the drunkest city in both the state and the United States was Green Bay with 26.5% adults reporting binge or heavy drinking. Green Bay is one of only five nationwide metro areas where more than half of all driving deaths involve alcohol.