Drunk Driver Hits 6 Cars and a House. No, It’s Not a Record.

drunk driving crashes in WisconsinIt should be come kind of record. A drunk driver was speeding south on Bellevue Street in Green Bay, Wisconsin in the wee hours of the morning. The 28-year-old man managed to crash into a car and hit 5 more before encountering a house, which brought him to a stop.

The driver ran away, and was later arrested in his home and booked for OWI.

Six cars might seem like a pretty formidable amount of damage, but in the world of drunk driving crashes, it’s an honorable mention at best. The record, as far as we can tell, goes to a Czech police officer who sideswiped 51 parked cars before being apprehended by his colleagues.

The point is not a lot of cars were messed up, though they were. Nor is it that no one was hurt – the only true accident in the story. It’s that alcohol changes a person’s faculties and personality so much that a man could hit cars and keep on driving, only to hit a house and then believe that he could somehow make it go away by running home.

These actions are crazy, because drinking can make you crazy – or at least, can make you do crazy things behind the wheel. That’s why drunk driving crashes kill about 10,000 people every year.

Those six cars could easily have been six people – if you can’t see a parked SUV, you can’t see a child in the road either.

Wisconsin seems to provide the country with more than its share of drunk drivers, thanks to notoriously lax OWI laws. First offenders get off lightly if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is lower than .15. 29 other states mandate an ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, for any drunk driving violation.

So no, six cars is no big deal. But drunk driving crashes are, and the sooner Wisconsin legislators take action with an all-offender ignition interlock law, the safer the state’s roads will be