MADISON — Two Republican legislators are trying to drum up support for bills that would toughen Wisconsin'sdrunken driving laws.

Rep. Jim Ott and Sen. Alberta Darling sent out memos to their fellow legislators on Monday asking for co-sponsors by Feb. 21.

The proposals would make first-time offenders with blood alcohol levels of 0.15 percent or higher guilty of a misdemeanor; require first-time offenders to appear in court even if they face a civil violation; make a third offense a felony; and allow police to seize third-time offenders' cars.

Drunken drivers who injure someone would face new mandatory minimum sentences ranging from six months in jail to three years in prison depending on the injuries' severity. Drivers who kill someone would face a new mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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Thundercloud

Drunken Republicans driving Bill Circular.

ChippewaFallsWisconsin

1st offense should be a felony. It should be considered attempted murder. People know you have a great chance of hurting someone when you drive impaired, yet they do it anyway. I realize this would put most of this state in prison, but if that's what it takes.

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