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Drunken Driving Study Group Members Resign, Citing Tavern League Influence

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Four members of a group studying ways to reduce drunken driving in the state resigned Thursday, saying bar and tavern owners have an undue influence on the committee.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation formed the committee.  Among those resigning include an emergency room doctor and two members of non-profit organizations.

The task force members said in a letter Thursday, that those working on the plan have little interest in a diversity of opinion on the issue. 

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