MADISON (WKOW) -- The public is welcomed at a hearing about a new set of bills that would create tougher penalties for drunk drivers.
The Assemble Judiciary Committee will have the hearing on Thursday, August 15th. The new bill measures would make a first offense a misdemeanor if the driver's blood alcohol level is 0.15 percent or higher. It will also allow authorities to take away the drivers' cars, and it would require mandatory court appearances for the accused drunk drivers.
The committee is not expected to take any action. The hearing will allow the public to comment on the proposals.
The bills' Republican authors, Representative Jim Ott and Senator Alberta Darling, are pushing bills that would make third and fourth offenses felonies. The bills would also create mandatory sentences for drivers who injure or kill someone while drunk.
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