Scot and Mona Hodkiewicz were moved to action when they learned about some of Wisconsin’s drunk-driving laws. “I’ve been in contact with local legislators,” Scot said. “One thing I want changed is the ability to buy a car without a driver’s license. Also, alcohol alert ankle bracelets are around but not required. They should be on a second DUI.”
A program in Walworth County where the Hodkiewiczes live promotes using ankle bracelets to monitor the wearer’s blood-â€¨alcohol level. “A friend founded The Time is Now (a nonprofit charity),” Mona said. “He started collecting donations to help people in need in the community. He’s found that the majority of the problems in that group are related to alcohol abuse, and he’s worked hard to push [the use of ankle] bracelets after the second offense.”
“The first three drunk-driving offenses are only trafficâ€¨ offenses, not criminal offenses, in Wisconsin,” Scot said. “You can drive on a drunk-driving ticket if your license is taken away. We’re trying to change that also.”
Scot Hodkiewicz should have died Oct. 22, 2006. Hit head-on by a drunk driver on Interstate 90, just north of Madison, Wis., Hodkiewicz and his family were lucky to survive the impact alone. Plus, there were additional odds stacked against him that day: a torn femoral artery, the loss of his pulse for several minutes and a reaction to blood transfusions that typically causes someone to bleed to death.
|Mona and Scot Hodkiewicz say family, friends, community, faith and members of their church, Immanuel Lutheran, Lake Geneva, Wis., got them through the difficult months following a car accident. Their children Alexa (left), Victoria and Chase, along with the family pets Olivia (held by Alexa) and Annabelle, also survived the crash.|
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