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Wisconsin License Law May Bar 10,000 From Driving


January 1993

A new Wisconsin law designed to comply with federal mandates may result in 10,000 state residents having driving privileges suspended (Richard P. Jones, "Tougher Law May Keep 10,000 From Driving," Milwaukee Journal, 12/28/92, p. 1).

Wisconsin passed the law under threat of having federal highway funds withheld. As a result of the federal threat, many other states have enacted similar laws. Effective January 1, 1993, the law requires state judges to suspend drivers licenses for all drug infractions, including simple possession of any illicit drug or even drug paraphernalia. Suspensions may run from six months to five years.