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