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State Assembly Considers Drunken Driving Bills


The state Assembly is scheduled to vote Tuesday on three bills that crack down on drunken driving. 

One measure would bring Wisconsin in line with other states -- by criminalizing the first offense.  Currently, Wisconsin gives traffic tickets to first time drunken drivers and orders them to pay a fine.

Supporters say the change is long overdue -- Wisconsin is the only state that does not make the first offense a crime.

Opponents say they're concerned about additional costs the state may incur, if it sends more people through the criminal justice system. 

Also on the docket Tuesday is a measure requiring all first offense drunken driving suspects to appear in court.  Currently, they have the option of avoiding an in-person appearance, by simply paying their fine.