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Wis. Assembly passes drunken driving sentences

Published On: May 14 2013 03:01:53 PM CDT   Updated On: May 15 2013 07:21:27 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

The state Assembly has passed on a Republican bill that would ensure repeat drunken drivers spend time behind bars.

The bill would require judges to impose three-year prison sentence on seven-, eight- and nine-time offenders and a minimum four-year prison sentence for 10-time offenders and beyond.

Judges also would be required to impose a mandatory 30-day jail sentence on anyone who causes an injury while driving drunk and commercial drivers with a blood-alcohol content of 0.04 percent to 0.08 percent who cause an injury.

The bill comes after a state appeals court ruled last month current law leaves a judge free to decide whether to impose prison time.

The Assembly approved the measure Tuesday on a 95-1 vote. The bill now goes to the state Senate.