Gov. Scott Walker signs drunken driving sobriety proposal

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill allowing judges to place offenders in a sobriety testing program rather than force them to drive with ignition interlock devices.

The Republican-authored bill has drawn criticism from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which has urged Walker to veto the bill. The group says sobriety checks won't stop drunken drivers from getting behind the wheel.

The sobriety programs would require at least twice-daily sobriety tests. The bill's authors say the sobriety program will provide help for those addicted to alcohol and reduce the financial burden of concurrently installing an interlock device.

Walker signed the bill Tuesday at the Old Courthouse Square Museum in West Bend, along with a bill adding $2 million in grant funding for counties offering alternatives to incarceration.

CLICK HERE for a statement from the Governor's Office on this bill signing.