A state lawmaker wants stiffer penalties for repeat drunk drivers. State Representative Tony Staskunas (D-West Allis) has introduced legislation to more than double the fines and prison time for individuals with eight or more OWI convictions. He says it's upsetting to hear about those cases, but they do happen.
Staskunas says that currently, penalties stop increasing after the fifth OWI. He says there's no mechanism under the current law to really punish somebody who is arrested a dozen or more times for drunk driving.
The proposed bill would sets penalties of more than 12 years in prison and $25,000 fines for chronic drunk drivers. [WIBA's John Colbert contributed this story]