State Legislature set to pass drunken driving bill this week
MADISON (WKOW) -- This week the Wisconsin legislature is expected to pass a bill that would strengthen the state's drunken driving law by making the first offense a fine if someone under the age of sixteen is in the vehicle.
In addition, the bill would make the fourth offense a felony if it occurs within five years of a previous offense. The bill also requires ignition interlock devices for all repeat offenders and for first-time offenders with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 percent or above.
Similar bills passed unanimously this fall, however there was disagreement over how to pay for it. Under the bill to be debated this Wednesday, offenders would pay for the expected costs through higher fees.
Currently, Wisconsin is the only state where first offenses are treated like a traffic infraction and not a crime.
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