Years ago, Waukesha enacted the Sober Server Ordinance requiring bar employees to stay under the same intoxication threshold as drivers – a 0.08 limit.
The new policy was a result of a ‘place of last drink’ study, requiring OWI offenders to report where they last consumed alcohol enabling law enforcement to identify bars with a high volume of OWI offenders.
An undercover investigation of several of the bars revealed that some employees were too intoxicated to know whether they had over served a customer or if they were serving alcoholic drinks to someone underage. Subsequently the city enacted the Sober Server Ordinance in an effort to keep drunk drivers off Wisconsin roads.
Advocates for changing Wisconsin drunk driving laws are now hoping to adopt the ‘Place of Last Drink” program as a regular law enforcement tool to stem drunk driving in the state. Tracing the steps of a drunk driver back to a bar where servers are found to be over the BAC limit of 0.08 may result in closing the drinking establishment down until someone legally authorized – that is sober – can take over. A citation will be issued to those in violation of the ordinance.
Drunk driving is a serious offense in the state of Wisconsin which can result in jail time, license revocation, fines and a record. If you have been arrested for Wisconsin OWI, contact the criminal defense law offices of Andrew C Ladd for immediate assistance at 262-542-3900.