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WI is 3rd in U.S. for alcohol-related boating deaths

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GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- As summer approaches, concerns about boating safety return, particularly here in Wisconsin.

Last year, Wisconsin had the nation's third-highest number of alcohol-related boating deaths.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports eight people were killed in drunk boating accidents in 2012. That ranks Wisconsin behind only New York and Florida.

In late 2011, Republican state Rep. Garey Bies proposed a bill that would have prohibited a person from driving a boat for at least 12 months after a drunken-boating offense. The bill died in committee. 

Republican Rep. Andre Jacque, the bill's co-sponsor, says he thinks it may have a better chance if it's reintroduced this summer.

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