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Tougher Drunk Driving Laws Proposed In Wisconsin

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 at 6:10 am

Two Republican lawmakers are pushing to toughen Wisconsin’s notoriously weak drunken driving penalties. They say it’s long past time to take action to deter repeat offenders.

The Associated Press reports that on Thursday, Rep. Jim Ott and Sen. Alberta Darling outlined three bills they’ve written during a public hearing in front of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. One bill would make third and fourth offenses felonies. The second would increase penalties for injuring someone in a drunken driving accident. The third would impose a mandatory 10-year prison sentence on anyone who kills someone while driving drunk.

The AP reports that Ott and Darling said something must be done to force repeat offenders to take their actions seriously. They say their bills would balance justice in favor of drunken driving victims.

The committee wasn’t expected to take any action on the measures.

1 Comment

  1. Santa Fan 08/2/13 at 9:40am

    It is time to do something about this public health problem. I’d rather see prevention rather than punishment. It less costly to the taxpayers.

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