Hearing Set for More Wis. Drunken Driving Bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative committee is set to take public comments on another set of bills that would create tougher penalties for drunken drivers.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the bills for Thursday morning at the state Capitol. The measures would make a first offense a misdemeanor if the driver's blood alcohol level is at least 0.15 percent, allow authorities to seize drunken drivers' cars starting with their third offense and require mandatory court appearances for accused drunken drivers.

The bills' Republican authors, Rep. Jim Ott and Sen. Alberta Darling, also are pushing legislation that would make third and fourth offenses felonies and set mandatory sentences for drunken drivers who injure or kill someone.

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