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2021 Wisconsin Drunk Driving Stats and number of deaths related to OWIs

In Wisconsin, there were 159 drunk driving deaths in 2018 and 136 drunk driving deaths in 2019. In 2020, Wisconsin is currently on pace to have around 145 fatalities related to drunk driving.

The state home to Brew City was recently recorded to have 7 out of 10 of the cities with the most bars per capita. Wisconsin had a total of 6326 arrests for a second offense OWI or higher in 2019 alone.

 

“In Wisconsin, about every three hours somebody is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash” - Reported by WI State Patrol.

 

If you have a few drinks don’t drive, or you may end up being the one in an accident on I-94 Wisconsin.

 

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OWI Statistics

  • In the US, 29 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes every day. That is roughly one person every 50 minutes. - According to the NHTSA
  • In 2018, there were 10,511 people killed in accidents caused by drunk driving - According to the NHTSA
  • "Of the 50 most populous counties in the US, Milwaukee County has the most prevalent alcohol-impaired driving rates" - According to a study published by the NCBI
  • Drunk drivers involved in fatal car crashes are 4.5 times more likely to have a prior conviction for DWI than drivers with no alcohol in their system - According to the NHTSA

 

Drunk Driving Deaths from 1985-2018

Drunk Driving Deaths by Year

Although the prevalence of drunk driving deaths has decreased over the past 38 years, this is largely due to the increased crackdown of drunk driving laws and automobile safety. There is still a large number of fatalities in recent years. 

 

How many drunk driving deaths occurred in 2019?

It is estimated that there were around 11,640 drunk driving deaths in 2019. These numbers are based on the 38,800 fatalities in car crashes in 2019 and that roughly 30% of fatal crashes are caused by drunk driving in the United States according to the CDC. 

 

How many Wisconsin drunk driving deaths occurred in 2019?

It is estimated that there were roughly 136 fatalities caused by drunk driving in Wisconsin. These numbers are based on the number of fatal crashes caused by drunk driving recorded by the Wisconsin DOT.

 

Wisconsin drunk driving deaths & statistics for 2021

 

What is the Wisconsin OWI conviction rate?

In Wisconsin, the conviction rate is 93% according to the DMV. However, there is a big difference in the worst-case scenario and the best-case scenario.

The majority of people with a first offense OWI don’t think they need a lawyer - until after they’re convicted. Ask any DUI attorney and they’ll tell you: EVERYONE who faces a second DUI charge gets a lawyer because they’ve learned exactly how serious the charges are, and how much is at stake.

 

 

10 states with the most DUIs

Wisconsin has the 9th most DUI arrests in the United States with high arrest rates per capita as well.

State DUI Arrests DUI Arrest Rate (per 100K) DUI Fatalities DUI Death Rate (per 100K)
California 127,250 322.71 1069 2.68
Texas 69,643 259.58 1439 4.93
Pennsylvania 43,798 346.79 334 2.61
Florida 32,127 150.98 814 3.82
North Carolina 27,915 518.82 421 4.05
Washington 27,632 430.19 166 2.2
Michigan 26,130 265.07 267 2.67
New York 25,094 262.18 307 1.57
Wisconsin 24,368 425.26 199 3.42
Georgia 23,449 347.79 375 3.56

State DUI statistics are given by "https://backgroundchecks.org/which-states-have-the-worst-dui-problems.html" for the year 2018.

 

Drunk Driving Fatalities by County

Drunk Driving Deaths By County

Image from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5793384/figure/Fig2/

 

Wisconsin OWI Arrests by County

Wisconsin had a total of 6326 arrests for a second offense or higher OWI in 2019. Scroll down for county details given for 2019.

Wisconsin County 2nd offense OWIs 3rd offense OWIs 4th offense OWIs 5th offense OWIs or higher
Adams 11 6 0 7
Ashland 9 8 2 2
Barron 25 21 7 7
Bayfield 6 9 5 2
Brown 112 113 29 39
Buffalo 8 5 3 3
Burnett 16 9 4 5
Calumet 20 16 1 8
Chippewa 39 35 6 14
Clark 22 10 3 5
Columbia 43 28 8 15
Crawford 9 4 2 8
Dane 180 113 49 45
Dodge 38 38 11 13
Door 15 9 4 2
Douglas 31 25 13 16
Dunn 29 26 4 8
Eau Claire 58 49 10 19
Fond du Lac 57 36 2 19
Forest 2 2 20 3
Grant 30 15 13 5
Green 23 9 3 2
Green Lake 14 5 6 7
Iowa 10 6 2 4
Iron 1 1 1 4
Jackson 14 12 7 7
Jefferson 50 37 18 9
Juneau 32 21 5 6
Kenosha 75 37 17 15
Kewaunee 10 5 4 2
La Crosse 80 60 17 16
Lafayette 8 2 1 1
Langlade 9 10 2 1
Lincoln 12 11 1 5
Manitowoc 27 13 3 6
Marathon 64 51 35 25
Marinette 23 25 12 8
Marquette 7 6 4 1
Milwaukee 350 162 78 55
Monroe 22 17 12 8
Oconto 12 14 2 4
Oneida 23 26 11 11
Outagamie 56 55 21 18
Ozaukee 54 33 15 9
Pepin 2 2 2 0
Pierce 10 13 3 6
Polk 24 16 5 9
Portage 39 30 8 6
Price 10 2 1 3
Racine 117 67 23 13
Richland 8 7 1 4
Rock 84 66 47 29
Rusk 5 8 0 2
Sauk 40 31 16 23
Sawyer 8 3 2 5
Shawano 21 16 6 5
Sheboygan 37 32 12 12
St Croix 72 43 19 15
Taylor 5 9 3 2
Trempealeau 20 12 6 8
Vernon 9 7 2 3
Vilas 10 13 3 9
Walworth 75 45 22 16
Washburn 7 7 0 1
Washington 78 58 34 14
Waukesha 180 116 42 38
Waupaca 24 29 12 9
Waushara 23 13 6 9
Winnebago 125 69 34 28
Wood 39 53 19 17
Wisconsin Total 2808 1962 801 755

 

Everyone knows that Wisconsin and specifically Milwaukee county love their sports teams and embrace the lifestyle of "Brew City". And they love to drink. Just make sure when you are celebrating a big win, you do so responsibly. The Wisconsin DUI penalties can be life-altering if you don't.

If you or a loved one does get pulled over for a DUI, DO NOT WAIT, call Grieve Law as soon as possible. We are the lawyers to help REDUCE OR DROP your DUI charges.

In Wisconsin, how long does a OWI charge stay on your record?

OWI charges and convictions in Wisconsin, whether your 1st Wisconsin OWI or your 10th could stay on your record for life.

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