Lawmakers are making a push for tougher OWI laws in Wisconsin.
At least 15 bills on drunken driving have been introduced so far this legislative session, including a measure to make the third offense a felony instead of a misdemeanor.
State Representative Terese Berceau supports that move, even though she says more needs to be done to go after first time offenders as well. She says those individuals are just as likely to hurt or kill somebody if left alone.
However, all those extra efforts could come at a cost. Legislators are also being warned that OWI crackdowns come with a price tag of millions of dollars for more judges, prosecutors, and crime lab employees.