Legislators Take Another Crack at Toughening Penalties for Drunken Driving

Aug 1, 2013

Two Republican legislators say Wisconsin's drunken driving laws have been lax, for too long, particularly when it comes to repeat offenders.

Senator Alberta Darling and Rep. Jim Ott have drafted three bills and are soliciting reaction to them during a committee hearing Thursday.

The bills would:

-- impose a 10-year prison term on anyone who kills a person while driving drunk

-- increase penalties for injuring someone while driving under the influence

-- make third and fourth drunken driving offenses, felonies

Darling and Ott say Wisconsin must toughen its laws, in order for more drinkers to obey them.