STATEWIDE - More than 500 people died on Wisconsin roadways last year. Plenty of things factor in, but many of those could have been prevented by not drinking and driving.
The DOT hopes its new smartphone app will help.
You might have seen these commercials recently on our station. They promote the new "Drive Sober" App.
It can use your phone's GPS to find the nearest safe ride. It also has a Blood Alcohol Content estimator and designated driver selection tool.
Oneida County Sheriff's Lieutenant Lloyd Gauthier knows not all car crash deaths are caused by drunk drivers.
But he thinks tools like this one definitely help.
"Some of that's due to intoxication, OWI, seatbelts, speed, so the more inforcement that we do and just educating the public that we certainly don't want to deter people from having a good time, but we want them to do it safely and responsibly," Gauthier said.
The DOT stresses the BAC tool isn't exact. It's meant to give you basic guidance.
The app is free in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
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