Wisconsin Senate to Vote on Drunken Driving Bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Drunken drivers who injure someone would have to spend at least 30 days in jail under a bill up for a vote in the Wisconsin state Senate.

Under current law, judges can sentence a drunken driver who injures someone from between 30 days and one year in jail. The bill up for a vote Tuesday would require that the person be sentenced to at least 30 days behind bars.

The bill would also make clear that anyone convicted of drunken driving for a seventh, eighth or ninth time must spend at least three years in prison. That was the intention of a bill passed in 2009, but a court ruled last year that the law actually gives judges discretion on whether to impose any prison sentence.


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