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Wisconsin has third highest number of drunken boating deaths

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Only New York and Florida recorded more alcohol-related boating deaths than the eight seen here in the Badger State last year.

Neighboring Minnesota and Michigan combined for just 4 boating deaths, even though they have a very active water recreation scene.

Despite the numbers, a piece of legislation which would have made things tougher on drunken boaters failed to find any traction with state lawmakers.

Sister Bay state Representative Garey Bies proposed a bill in the 2011 session which would have allowed judges to ban a person convicted of driving a boat for more than a year, making jail time possible and even suspend car-driving privileges for a second offense.

It died in committee, but it could be reintroduced this year.