Wisconsin Drunk Driving Bills To Face Public Hearing Thursday

Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 11:48 am

The Wisconsin public will have a chance to give lawmakers their opinions a new set of bills that would create tougher penalties for drunk drivers.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing in Madison for Thursday on the measures, which were authored by Rep. Jim Ott and Sen. Alberta Darling, both Republicans.

One of the proposed measures would make a first offense a misdemeanor if the driver’s blood alcohol level is 0.15 percent or higher. Also proposed is a measure to allow authorities to seize drunken drivers’ cars and require mandatory court appearances for accused drunken drivers. The two are also are pushing bills that would make third and fourth offenses felonies and create mandatory sentences for drunken drivers who injure or kill someone.

The Associated Press reports that the committee isn’t expected to take any action but will listen to public comments on the proposals.

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