Our bill creates a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison for committing homicide while driving drunk. If a judge believes that sentence is too harsh, they must put their reasons in writing.
I'm pleased the Governor finally agreed to sign this important reform. Unfortunately, there are instances where an individual's irresponsible act of driving under the influence kills someone. In some of these cases, the driver is only incarcerated for two or three years. When someone takes the life of another, they must be given a sentence that provides justice for the family members who have lost a loved one.
We need to crack down on drunk drivers
and get them the help they need. That's why we are investing $13 million in the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program in Wisconsin. This program is an effective way to help people break their addiction.
Earlier this year, I was honored as the "2019 Legislator of the Year" by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. I am proud of that honor and the successes we have had in curbing drunk driving this session. I promise to continue to fight to make our roads safer.
A special thank you goes out to Sheila Lockwood who attended the bill signing. Sheila's son Austin was killed by a drunk driver. Her courage and strength is remarkable. Sheila was instrumental in getting this important legislation across the finish line.