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More drunken driving law changes may have to wait


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan says he wants to see how a toughening of the state's drunken driving law that takes effect in July works before pursuing additional changes.

The Legislature passed the bill last week and Gov. Jim Doyle is expected to sign it into law on Tuesday.

Among other things, it makes drunken driving a felony on the fourth offense rather than the fifth. It also makes a first offense a crime if someone under age 16 is in the car.

Advocates and other lawmakers are pushing another proposal that would make all first offenses a crime and legalize sobriety checkpoints.

Sheridan says changes needed to be taken step by step and he's happy with what's been done so far. He says more changes can be made later if they are necessary.

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