Lawmakers propose stricter OWI laws in WI

MADISON (WKOW) — A group of citizens joined lawmakers at the state capitol on Tuesday to discuss proposed legislation to enforce stricter drunk-driving laws.

The top priority for for the non-profit Moms Against Drunk Driving is passing a law that would require the use of ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers for one year. The legislation has support from Democratic Senator Chris Larson and Republican Assemblyman Jim Ott.

“This is a total bipartisan issue. When you’re out on the road, drunk drivers can hit you anytime,” said Ott. “You could be on the way home from work, it can be on the way to the grocery store. It can be on the way to a friend’s house.”

MADD says since 2006 in Wisconsin, ignition interlocks have stopped more than 300,000 attempts to drive drunk with a BAC of .08 or greater.

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