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UPDATE: Drunken driving group members resign

UPDATED Thursday, June 5, 2014 --- 11:13 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The executive director of the Tavern League of Wisconsin says he is surprised to hear that four members of a drunken driving task force have resigned.

Those resigning sent a letter to the state Department of Transportation on Thursday saying the DOT has shown little interest in their input developing a meaningful plan to address drunken driving in Wisconsin.

They say the Tavern League has too much influence.

But the group's executive director Pete Madland says he hasn't attended a meeting of the group since last August. He says the Tavern League remains committed to exploring ways to reduce alcohol related fatalities.

He says the task force rarely agrees, but it has proven to be an effective way to share ideas and work together on programs to reduce drunken driving.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted Thursday, June 5, 2014 --- 9:57 a.m.

Four members of a Wisconsin Department of Transportation working group studying ways to reduce drunken driving have resigned, saying bar and tavern owners have an undue influence on the committee.

The task force members resigned Thursday, saying in a letter provided to The Associated Press that those working on the plan have little interest in a diversity of opinions on the issue.

They say the Tavern League of Wisconsin is the only named non-governmental partner working on the plan, and that is a serious conflict of interest given that it represents bar owners.

Those resigning include a family doctor, emergency room physician, the director of Health First Wisconsin and the coordinator of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project.

A spokeswoman for DOT did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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