A recent national student shows Milwaukee adults take down more drinks than any other city in the country. On average, they drank nearly 13 alcoholic drinks a month. And according to "The Daily Beast," 21.8% of those adults are considered binge drinkers.
It's a sobering thought: nearly one in four Wisconsin drivers drove intoxicated in the past year. Wisconsin ranked number one in a recent poll as the state with the highest percentage of drivers who admit to driving drunk in the past year - 23.7 percent.
The sharpest contrast: Hassett wants to end Wisconsin's status as the only state in the country where first-time drunken driving is a municipal violation, not a crime. Van Hollen opposes that, saying it would suck up resources that would be better spent chasing hardened criminals such as Internet sex predators.
"There are a great number of people - people I know personally - who have first offenses," Van Hollen said. "I don't consider them criminals, and I wouldn't want them to be tagged that way for the rest of their lives for having made what can legitimately be called a mistake."