Wisconsin set to Strengthen 4th Offense Drunk Driving Laws

Last week the Wisconsin State Assembly voted 84-10 for Senate Bill 135, which would take away the driving privileges of 4th offense drunk drivers for 10 years. If signed into law by Governor Walker, the bill would affect nearly 40,000 Wisconsinites.

Two former law enforcement officers, Sens. Van Wanggaard and Spiros, both Republicans, were top sponsors of the bill. In 2015, Wisconsin had 1,859 convictions for operating while intoxicated 4th offense. As the law currently stands, convicted 4th offense drunk drivers licenses are revoked for a period of 2 to 3 years and are eligible to apply for an occupational license after a 45 day waiting period. If signed into law, Senate Bill 135 would ban all driving, including that on an occupational license, for a decade.

Sen. Van Wanggaard is also proposing bills to increase Ignition Interlock Device requirements. Mothers Against Drunk Driving supports this measure.

If you’re accused of 4th Offense Drunk Driving, the passage of this bill means you need the tough, experienced drunk driving defense attorneys at Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. more than ever. Contact us today at 262-250-1976 for a free consultation.