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Gov.-elect Tony Evers on drunk driving laws: 'We need to take it more seriously'

Posted at 10:21 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 09:06:58-05

Next week, Gov.-elect Tony Evers will be sworn in as Wisconsin's 46th governor.

He'll become the leader of a state that has passed tougher drunk driving laws in recent years but remains the only state in the country that does not make a first drunk driving offense a crime. It is only a ticket violation.

That's not something Evers is comfortable with.

"No I'm not. I think we need to take it more seriously," Evers said. "Whether it's making that first thing a felony or making it more severe than it is now, I'm not in a position to say that but clearly that is an important issue for us as a state."

A study by the United Health Foundation found that Wisconsin was the worst state in the union for excessive drinking.

Over the New Year holiday weekend, the Milwaukee County Sheriff arrested 24 drunk drivers.