waukesha county's alcohol treatment court

the price we pay

The cost of downing a few drinks and then climbing behind the wheel of a car can be staggering.

In time, in money, and in pain.

Ask Tim about the price he's paying for his three drunk driving convictions.

His life is no longer his own.

He depends on others for rides because he's lost his driver's license. 

He cannot leave town without the judge's approval.

He spends time at court-ordered counseling sessions, at AA meetings, seeing his case workers and in court.

He cautions others that participating in the alcohol treatment court program is "no walk in the park."

video Tim

You can also ask Don Pinnow. 

His wife, Lois, died as the result of a drunk driving accident.

But first, she lived for three decades, paralyzed from the chest down, suffering a host of medical problems.

The drunk driver received 10 days in jail and a 350-dollar fine.

The Pinnows received four-million dollars worth of medical bills.

Don Pinnow tells his story to the public at victim impact panels.

video Don

Finally, ask the taxpayers. 

Impaired driving costs society more than 40-billion dollars a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Waukesha County citizens underwrite the costs of the jails, prisons, police, ambulances, and the justice system.

Now they are being asked to assume the annual cost of the Alcohol Treatment Court program, a program that offers treatment to third-time drunk drivers in exchange for a reduced jail sentence.

Federal funds currently used to pay for the Alcohol Treatment Court Program run out in 2008.

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