Lawmakers try again to raise drunken driving penalties

January 5, 2016

MADISON Two Republican lawmakers are trying again to increase penalties for repeat drunken driving.

Rep. Jim Ott and Sen. Alberta Darling have introduced a bill that would make a fourth offense a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. Right now a fourth offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

The measure would increase the maximum prison sentence for fifth and sixth offenses from three years to five; the maximum prison sentence for seventh, eighth and ninth offenses from five years to seven-and-a-half years; and the maximum prison sentence for a tenth offense or more from seven-and-a-half years to a decade.

The Senate's judiciary committee is set to hold a hearing on the measure Thursday. Darling and Ott introduced a similar bill last session.


Associated Press