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Tougher Wisconsin drunk driving laws being eyed again


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two Republican state legislators say they’ll try again to toughen Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws in the New Year.

River Hills Senator Alberta Darling and Mequon Representative Jim Ott proposed several tough measures in the last session. But they didn’t go anywhere, after non-partisan fiscal estimates showed that they would have cost millions-of-extra-dollars in court and corrections costs.

Ott said the cost figures were not realistic – and both he and Darling plan to introduce a similar package to what they suggested last time.

They want all first-time drunk drivers to appear in court, instead of just paying a ticket. First-time O-W-I would become a crime for those caught with high blood alcohol levels. Those with three-or-more drunk driving convictions would have their vehicles seized. There would be minimum mandatory prison sentences for convicted drunk drivers who cause injuries or deaths.