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Our View: First-time OWI should be a crime
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A number of proposals are alive in Madison to crack down on drunken driving in Wisconsin. But a bill being circulated for co-sponsors right now is the one that takes the most important step - it makes a first-time drunken driving offense a crime rather than just a traffic violation.The bill is being pushed by Democratic Rep. Peggy Krusick of Milwaukee, Republican Rep. Jim Ott of Mequon and Republican Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills. They say it was crafted following almost a year of meetings with a variety of people, including police and victims.Frankly, it's an embarrassment that a drunken driving offense isn't even considered a crime in Wisconsin.