A report from the Legislative Audit Bureau reveals that Wisconsin is following the national trend of fewer drunken-driving offenses. The number fell off by almost 18-thousand between 2004 and 2018. Alcohol-related fatal crashes have also fallen. The Bureau report indicates policy changes like increased sanctions play a role in the decline of drunken-driving-related crashes, though it determined the was no single or predominant cause for the promising turn. According to Wisconsin Public Radio, the Department of Transportation estimates alcohol-related crashes cost state residents more than 400-million dollars in 2015.

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