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Wisconsin Lawmakers Don't Toughen Drunken Driving Laws

Updated: 03/24/2014 10:59 AM
Created: 03/23/2014 6:40 PM WDIO.com
By: TAYLOR W. ANDERSON
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin remains the only state in the nation where a first-time drunken driving conviction brings a ticket and not jail time, after a session in which lawmakers failed to toughen penalties despite nearly a dozen bills before them.

The session is winding down, and the only drunken driving bill sent to Gov. Scott Walker simply clarifies earlier legislation intended to force judges to sentence drunken drivers to a minimum amount of prison time in certain cases. It does not establish new penalties.

Groups looking to toughen the state's drunken driving laws are calling the session a loss.

The bills that have not passed also include one that would have required drunken drivers to blow into a device similar to a Breathalyzer to start their car.

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