On Tuesday, December 22, 2009, Governor Jim Doyle signed a law making Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws tougher.  The costs associated with the changes to our current laws are to be offset by increased fees and penalties for drunk drivers.  The three biggest changes are:

  • Fourth offense OWI will be a felony if it occurs within five years of an earlier offense
  • Ignition interlocks will be required for repeat offenders and first-time offenders with a 0.15 or above blood alcohol level
  • Increases first offense OWI to a misdemeanor if a child under 16 is in the vehicle