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Progress On Drunk Driving Laws? September 11, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury.
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I’m hopeful that this story from the Badger Herald isn’t just wishful thinking!  It appears that both Republicans and Democrats are making headway to strengthen Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws.  As you probably know Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws are among the most lax in the United States.

According to the article:

Some of the changes put forth in the bills include requiring repeat offenders to have an ignition interlock on their car, increasing minimum fines and time of imprisonment, and allowing multiple offenders to pursue alcohol treatment with parole instead of being sentenced to time in prison.

Now, I’m not sure about the details especially the part about “increasing the time of imprisonment” but at the same time allowing multiple offenders to “pursue alcohol treatment” instead of time in prison.

I’ll keep you updated.

Truckin’ September 10, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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I’m glad I didn’t travel very far this past Labor Day.  We travelled “up north” to Marinette County.  A beautiful part of Wisconsin.  

Anyway, I read this news brief from the AAJ’s website about various safety violations involving over the road truckers (semi trucks, tractor trailers etc.) .

It appears that Wisconsin has a rate of trucker safety violations that are in excess of the national average.  The article states:

States that had a rate of companies in violation of safety requirements above the national average include West Virginia, North Dakota, Nebraska, Vermont, Iowa, Montana, Delaware, Idaho, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Indiana, Mississippi, Wisconsin, and South Dakota.  A full listing of all companies in violation of federal safety requirements by state is available at www.justice.org/trucksafetyviolations.

I hope everyone had a safe Labor Day weekend.   Keep driving safe!

Dog Bite Update September 9, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury.
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I posted a couple days ago about a 3-year-old Milwaukee boy who was bit by a bull dog.  According to other news stories I’ve read his nose and part of his lip were bit off.  He was rushed to Children’s Hospital for over 4 hours of surgery.

Here is a link to a story from Fox 6 Milwaukee about the dog bite.

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