Lawmakers to consider stricter DUI law Tuesday

CREATED Feb 13, 2012

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MADISON - An Assembly committee will consider a bill Tuesday that calls for stricter DUI laws.

The bill, authored by State Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon), would specifically target repeat offenders.

"Every week we hear about someone getting their seventh, eighth or ninth DUI arrest," Rep. Ott told me.  "(Repeat drunk driving) is a common thing."

The fact that the Assembly Transportation Committee will hear testimony on the bill could be considered a success in itself, since most DUI measures don't get that far. 

"It's shameful," Paul Jenkins, of Mequon, said.  Jenkins' step-daughter, Jennifer Bukosky, died in an OWI crash in 2008.  "The real sin is the state legislature knows what the problem is but ignores (it).  We are the worst state in the country in regards to drinking and driving.  It just boggles the mind the legislature doesn't want to do anything about it." 

Rep. Ott admits more could be done and says Assembly Bill 208 is just the first step.

"I think we're headed in the right direction," Ott said.