Lawmakers propose tougher penalties for drunken drivers

Lawmakers propose tougher penalties for drunken drivers

Some Wisconsin lawmakers are presenting a series of bills in hopes of having tougher penalties for drunken drivers.

One bill proposes a minimum five-year prison sentence for a drunk driver who kills someone. In some cases, a drunken driver may be ordered to have an interlock ignition device in his or her vehicle.

Another piece of legislation permits the court to provide a specific date for when that would happen.

The third bill raises the minimum period of incarceration for people who commit fifth and sixth offenses. The sentence would be raised from six months to at least 18 months.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said there were about 600 arrests made for operating a vehicle while intoxicated last year.

The first public hearing at the Wisconsin State Capitol is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m.