Attempts to toughen Wisconsin’s weak drunken driving laws with bipartisan supported bills may be going nowhere in the Senate. One of the bills awaiting Senate action would require all first-time offenders to make an appearance in court. Another proposal would make all second offenses misdemeanors. Current law states that a second offense committed more than 10 years after a first offense would be considered a first offense.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald issued a statement this weekend that he would prefer to spend money on setting up special drunken driving treatment courts statewide before considering these bills.