Status of Drunk Driving Penalties Legislation

I recently received an email on the current status of drunk driving penalties legislation from Health First Wisconsin.  Please read below for information and links to the bills.  It is important to know what is happening in our state!

Hello fellow advocates and friends,

It is always important to us to keep everyone informed of the current status of legislation here in Madison.  Today, three of the bills put forward by Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon) will have a public hearing.  You can get more information on each of the bills from the links below.  All of the bills aim to curb drunk driving by addressing the penalties for drunk driving.

Health First Wisconsin focuses on evidence-based policies that will impact the alcohol issues faces Wisconsin.  Penalties alone will not solve the problem.  That said, stronger penalties can be part of the solution and this is why we will continue to monitor these bills and continue to let everyone know where they stand.

AB 69 – Sets minimum sentences for causing injuring due to OWI

AB 70 – Sets minimum sentences for homicide due to OWI

AB 71 – Makes a 3rd OWI a felony

Paul Krupski

Policy Director- Alcohol Prevention

Health First Wisconsin

(608) 268-2620