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Representative Jeff Wood's statement on drunk driving legislation

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MADISON (PRESS RELEASE)--Representative Jeff Wood issues a statement on the passage of tougher DUI laws.

"I supported passage of today's bill on reforming Wisconsin's drunken driving laws for several reasons."

"The bill expands the use of Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) for all repeat drunken drivers and for first-time offenders with blood-alcohol levels of 0.15 or greater. IIDs prevent motorists from starting their vehicle until they blow into a breathalyzer to show they don't have alcohol in their systems."

"More importantly, the Drunk Driving Reform Package will allow for the expansion of the Winnebago County Safe Streets pilot program to other counties that wish to adopt this model– a move that will save money while reducing recidivism."

"I have learned first hand how difficult it is to combat this disease. I myself tried to enter treatment last year, but my insurance was unwilling to cover the expense and I was unable to pay for it myself. Since that time, I have taken out a personal loan and attended an inpatient treatment program at L.E. Phillips-Libertas Treatment Center in Chippewa Falls, WI. I truly wish that I had been able to do so sooner. I can't say enough about the wonderful staff and their outstanding program. It gave me a second chance at a life of sobriety."

"Unfortunately, for most people, obtaining the treatment they require is out of reach due to financial constraints. I hope Wisconsin continues to look at helping people treat the disease instead of addressing the punishment alone."

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