Assembly: 4 OWI strikes and you're out of a drivers license

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Repeat drunken drivers could lose their licenses permanently under a bill the state Assembly has passed.

Assembly Bill 197 was approved 84-10 Thursday. It now heads to the Senate, which passed a nearly identical proposal unanimously last year.

Under the bill, the state Department of Transportation would be required to permanently revoke the license of anyone caught driving drunk four or more times in their lifetime. The agency also would be required to permanently revoke a person's license after a second offense in conjunction with other related vehicular offenses, including vehicular homicide.

People who lose their license wouldn't qualify for occupational licenses but could petition the DOT after a decade for reinstatement.

The bill also increases the penalty if a person with a permanently revoked license is repeatedly caught driving. The penalty for a second or greater Operating After Revocation, or OAR, offense would be up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine.

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