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State Assembly passes tougher penalties for driving drunk

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MADISON — The state Assembly has passed a bill imposing tougher penalties on repeat drunken drivers.

The Assembly passed the measure 95-1 early Wednesday morning. The bill already has cleared the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

The bill would make a fourth offense a felony regardless of when the charge is filed. Right now a fourth offense is a felony only if committed within five years of a third.

The legislation also would increase the maximum prison sentence for fifth and sixth offenses from three years to five. Maximum sentences for seventh, eighth and ninth offenses would increase from five years to seven and a half. The maximum sentence for a 10th or subsequent offense would rise from seven and a half years to a decade.

4 comments

  • Michael

    Not tough enough. It should be second time for felony and 5th time for 10 years. why do you need that many times before giving them even more years? people need to be held accountable for their actions. drinking then choosing to drive is a choice not a right. They are operating a huge machine while impaired that can do so much harm. it is not ok.

  • Renegade

    This is good business for police put some one in jail after catch driving under. Influence. I don’t care I’m keeping drinking forget police if I go to the bar in car I’m go home in car no matter what law pass the crazy police

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