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Wisconsin Senate to vote on drunken driving bill

8:53 AM, Mar. 18, 2014  |  Comments
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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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