Wisconsin drunken driving group members resign

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Four members of a Wisconsin Department of Transportation working group studying ways to reduce drunken driving have resigned, saying bar and tavern owners have an undue influence on the committee.

The task force members resigned Thursday, saying in a letter provided to The Associated Press that those working on the plan have little interest in a diversity of opinions on the issue.

They say the Tavern League of Wisconsin is the only named non-governmental partner working on the plan, and that is a serious conflict of interest given that it represents bar owners.

Those resigning include a family doctor, emergency room physician, the director of Health First Wisconsin and the coordinator of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project.

A spokeswoman for DOT did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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