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Wisconsin Assembly passes bills cracking down on drunk driving


Three bills designed to crack down on drunk drivers have passed the Wisconsin Assembly.

One bill, which passed 88 to seven, makes all second offenses misdemeanors. Currently, if a second offense is committed over ten years after the first, it's considered a first offense. The bill also makes all fourth offenses felonies, regardless of how much time has passed between offenses. Currently, if a fourth offense is committed over five years after the third, it's considered a misdemeanor.

Another measure will require all first-time offenders to make a court appearance. The third bill would make sure ignition interlock devices are installed promptly after being ordered by a court.

Wisconsin is the only state that does not criminalize the first drunk driving offense.

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