Committee considers drunken driving sentences

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican legislator is trying to convince his colleagues to support a bill that would ensure repeat drunken drivers spend time behind bars.

Rep. Jim Ott's proposal would clarify judges must impose a minimum three-year prison sentence on seven-, eight- and nine-time drunken drivers and a minimum four-year prison sentence on 10-time offenders and beyond. Judges also would have to impose a minimum 30-day jail sentence on anyone who causes an injury while driving with a blood alcohol content between 0.04 percent and 0.08 percent.

Ott told the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Thursday he drafted the bill after a state appeals court ruled last month Wisconsin law doesn't require minimum sentences beyond the sixth offense.

The Wisconsin Counties Association argued the bill likely will drive up jail costs.

AP-WF-05-02-13 1643GMT


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
WEAU 13 NEWS 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54701 By Phone: Main Number (715) 835-1313 and (715) 832-3474. Tip Line (715) 839-WEAU - (715) 839-9328 Sports Line (715) 852-1537
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 205833361 - weau.com/a?a=205833361
Gray Television, Inc.