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State 3rd in US in alcohol-related boating deaths

Published On: May 26 2013 02:49:20 PM CDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. -

Wisconsin had the nation's third-highest number of alcohol-related boating deaths last year. That was the same year a legislative bill to stiffen penalties on drunken boaters fell flat.

A Press-Gazette Media report says intoxicated boating killed eight people in the state last year. That ranks Wisconsin behind only New York and Florida.

Republican state Rep. Garey Bies represents a district with more than 300 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline in Door and Kewaunee counties. In late 2011 he proposed a bill that would have prohibited a person from driving a boat for at least 12 months after a drunken-boating offense.

The bill died in committee. But Republican Rep. Andre Jacque, the bill's co-sponsor, says he thinks it may have a better chance if it's reintroduced this summer.

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