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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

State Assembly Considers Drunken Driving Bills

The State Assembly Tuesday is expected to vote on several drunken driving bills.
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The state Assembly is scheduled to vote Tuesday on three bills that crack down on drunken driving. 

One measure would bring Wisconsin in line with other states -- by criminalizing the first offense.  Currently, Wisconsin gives traffic tickets to first time drunken drivers and orders them to pay a fine.

Supporters say the change is long overdue -- Wisconsin is the only state that does not make the first offense a crime.

Opponents say they're concerned about additional costs the state may incur, if it sends more people through the criminal justice system. 

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Politics & Government
3:51 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Assembly Committee Approves Drunken Driving Bills

An Assembly committee Thursday approved six bills related to drunken driving.
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A legislative committee has approved a half dozen measures that would impose tougher sanctions on drunken drivers.

One of the bills would make the first offense a crime, if a driver's blood alcohol content is .15 or above. Currently, first offenders are issued municipal tickets.

Another measure would make the third offense a felony.

The panel also approved bills imposing mandatory sentences for drunken drivers who injure or kill someone and allowing authorities to seize offenders' vehicles.

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Regional
6:35 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

MSOE Dean of Students Faces Third OWI Charge

Patrick Coffey was arrested last Thursday night after attending Irish Fest.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Six Bills Would Toughen Wisconsin's Drunk Driving Laws

One bill lawmakers are considering would make the third OWI conviction a felony
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Two GOP lawmakers say the state’s OWI statutes are weaker than those in the rest of the nation.

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Politics & Government
3:35 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Assembly Gets Tough on Underage Drinkers, Repeat Drunken Drivers

One bill would mandate prison sentences for certain repeat offenders
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The state Assembly approved a couple of measures on Tuesday, meant to reduce alcohol-related crimes.

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