The state Senate is set to vote on a bill that would impose tougher penalties on repeat drunken drivers. The proposal would make a fourth offense a felony punishable by up to 3 years in prison regardless of when the charge is filed



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MADISON, Wisconsin — The state Senate is set to vote on a bill that would impose tougher penalties on repeat drunken drivers.

The proposal would make a fourth offense a felony punishable by up to three years in prison regardless of when the charge is filed. Right now, a fourth offense is a felony only if it's committed within five years of a third offense.

Maximum prison sentences for fifth and sixth offenses would increase from three years to five. Maximum sentences for seventh, eighth and ninth offenses would go from five years to seven years and six months. The maximum sentence for a 10th of subsequent offense would increase from seven and a half years to a decade.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill during a Wednesday floor session.

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This story has been updated to correct the day of the session to Wednesday.

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