Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske, State Representative Jim Ott, and Reporter Corrine Hess

Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske, State Representative Jim Ott, and Reporter Corrine Hess

May 15, Criminalizing First Time DUI Offenses

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  • Thursday, May 16, 2019, 10:00am

In every state except Wisconsin, first-time drunken driving is a criminal offense. Here, it’s treated as a traffic ticket. “Route 51” host Shereen Siewert welcomes State Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) to discuss a bill he’s co-sponsoring that would criminalize first-time drunken driving, while tightening penalties for repeat offenders.  

 

Then, Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske will join the conversation with his reaction to the proposed changes, and a look at what those changes would mean to the state’s criminal system. Finally, Wisconsin Public Radio Reporter Corrine Hess will talk about her latest story, part of a series on Wisconsin’s complicated relationship with alcohol.

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