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Our View: Toughen, and fund, drunken driving laws
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The state Legislature soon could be taking a very long, overdue step in the direction of trying to slow Wisconsin's drunken driving problem.Drunken driving puts a strain on law enforcement resources, jails, the court system, and most importantly the lives of those impacted by drunken driving crashes. Lawmakers from both parties have said drunken driving a priority in the fall session that started Wednesday.The State Assembly will be voting today on a bill that would make first-offense drunken driving a crime if a child younger than 16 is in the vehicle.It's a start - if the provision makes it through a final negotiated version of the bill with the state Senate. A stronger start would be better.Wisconsin is the only state in which first-offense drunken driving is treated only as a traffic citation.