Wisconsin Attorney General Advocates Stricter Penalties for Repeat Drunk Drivers

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New legislation in Wisconsin is targeting the state’s problems with repeat drunk drivers.

Three bills, introduced last week, relate to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The legislation would close a loophole related to ignition interlock devices, and require chronic 5th and 6th offenders and those who take a life by intoxicated driving to do time in prison.

“These are sensible changes that are supported by prosecutors and crime victim advocates,” said Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel. “I urge the legislature to pass these bills.”

Schimel added that legislation alone will not eliminate drunk driving, but that the state needs strong prevention and awareness efforts to accomplish their goals.

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