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01-03-09, 03:18 AM #1
Wisconsin Senate majority leader (D) said it would be "too severe" for the state to upgrade a third drunken-driving offense to a felony
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Senate majority leader said it would be "too severe" for the state to upgrade a third drunken-driving offense to a felony.Weston Democrat Russ Decker gave the Wisconsin State Journal the example of someone who gets caught driving drunk three times over 40 years. He said that person isn't necessarily a felon.In Wisconsin, drunken driving becomes a felony after the fifth offense.
In other comments, Decker said he'll accept the forthcoming $2,500 pay raise for lawmakers over the next two years. At least two state lawmakers have said they won't accept the raise during these economically trying times.Decker added that he doesn't think lawmakers will raise the cigarette tax. It increased $1 to $1.77 a pack on Jan. 1, 2008.
01-04-09, 12:38 PM #2
In April of 2005, Decker was arrested and charged with an alcohol related driving offense.Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.-- Anonymous
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01-04-09, 02:39 PM #3
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01-04-09, 02:51 PM #4
01-04-09, 05:39 PM #5
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01-04-09, 06:05 PM #6
01-04-09, 06:29 PM #7
I never really paid much attention to NH's DUI laws, but I did in Alaska, so I was suprised at the laxness of the laws here. In AK, any combination of DUI's and refusals adding up to a total of three within 10 years is a felony, and if I remember right it is a misdemeanor on the first one. I think DUI should be criminalized for all offenses, if only a misdemeanor for the first one or two.
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