Wisconsin Assembly has passed legislation toughening penalties on
people who drive while on drugs.
the “Baby Luke Bill,” AB458 was written largely in response to the
December 2001 case of Michelle Logemann, Waukesha, WI, whose car
was struck by a van driven by Paul D. Wilson. Prosecutors said Wilson
ingested cocaine and ran a red light in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel reported.
bill, which was forwarded to the Senate Sept. 24, would make it
easier to prosecute drivers who use illegal drugs by requiring only
a showing that the driver had an illegal drug in his or her system.
Current law requires authorities to prove the illegal drug actually
impaired the driver.
mind-altering drugs are so dangerous it is illegal to sell, distribute
or even possess them. It makes perfect sense that a person should
not be permitted to shoot up with heroine or do a few lines of cocaine
and then get behind the wheel of a 2,000 pound bullet,” the bill’s
sponsor, Rep. Mark Gundrum, R-New Berlin, said in a statement.
who was 30 weeks pregnant, was critically injured in the crash,
and lost her young son hours after an emergency Caesarean section
toxicologists were unable to prove Wilson was impaired. Wilson pleaded
no contest to homicide by negligent use of a vehicle and was sentenced
to a maximum two-year sentence.
the bill, drugged drivers could face the same penalties as drunken
drivers, providing a 40-year sentence for causing the death of someone