Legislative proposal targets Wisconsinites with five or more OWI convictionsSubmitted: 07/31/2015
MADISON - People with five, seven, or even ten or more OWI convictions in Wisconsin usually serve a jail or prison sentence. But they could be driving again soon after they're out.

Wisconsin law allows for OWI convicts to get occupational licenses for getting to places like work or church in as soon as 45 days. Some lawmakers think that's not right.

"Why are we giving licenses back to individuals we know are very likely to repeat?" asked Rep. Andre Jacque, (R-De Pere). "It's as dangerous as firing a weapon down the road without looking to see where you're aiming."

Jacque and some lawmakers have proposed a "Five Strikes and You're Out" bill.

It would take away licenses for ten years for people with five or more OWI's - no occupational licenses, no driving.

"If you're not capable of driving safely and soberly, especially after this many infractions, then you simply don't deserve that privilege any longer," said Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay).

The bill should be formally introduced in the coming weeks or months. It would also apply to drivers with three or more OWI's with two other serious driving offenses.

Story By: Ben Meyer

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