Wisconsin lawmakers propose bills to toughen drunk driving laws

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Wisconsin (WQOW) – In Madison, a public hearing was held on a package of bills to toughen Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws.

One bill would criminalize first offense OWIs and add a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for killing someone while driving drunk.

Another bill would close a loophole that allows drivers to get multiple first OWIs while on vehicles like boats, ATVs or snowmobiles.

All 11 bills in the legislative package are expected to be voted on by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety later this month.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer and an Evening Anchor.

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