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Sheriff favors sobriety checks but money's tight

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities around the state agree with Gov. Jim Doyle that sobriety checkpoints would help curb drunken driving, but some question whether the plan is affordable.

Doyle said this week he supports giving police an additional enforcement tool. His comments came on the heels of state news reports that focused on the dangers of drunken driving.

Outagamie Sheriff Brad Gehring agrees it would be a fantastic tool. But he says it would take a lot of resources, and he'd be concerned about the availability of officers.

Gehring also notes that checkpoints can't be launched unless state law is changed first.

Wisconsin is one of 12 states that do not allow sobriety checkpoints. Mothers Against Drunken Driving supports changing the law to allow them, but Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen does not.

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