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Wis. Legislature passes drunken driving bill

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MADISON, Wis. (KWWL) - The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a bill designed to cut down on drunken driving.

 

Gov. Jim Doyle says he will sign it.

The bill passed Wednesday makes a first offense a crime if someone under age 16 is in the car and makes driving drunk a felony on a fourth offense instead of a fifth.

Advocates argue that even more changes are needed, including making all first offenses a crime and legalizing roadside sobriety checkpoints.

Bill co-sponsor Rep. Tony Staskunas of West Allis says he thinks the measure is just the beginning of changes the Legislature will be making to improve the drunken driving law.

But he calls the bill that passed the most comprehensive in Wisconsin history.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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