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Wisconsin Assembly passes bills cracking down on drunk driving

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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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