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Assembly Takes Up Drunk Driving Bill

The State Assembly will be voting on Assembly Bill 283 (AB 283) tomorrow, which makes several changes to Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws. AB 283 would make the use of ignition interlock devices mandatory for repeat drunk drivers and for drunk drivers with high alcohol concentration. The bill also makes a fourth drunk driving offense, when committed within five years of a prior offense, a Class H felony.

In addition to those and other increases in penalties, AB 283 increases the requirement for alcohol and other drug assessments to include more drunk drivers and expands a pilot program for repeat drunk drivers that incorporates alcohol treatment.