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Wausau police chief favors sobriety checkpoint proposal

Wausau Police Chief Jeffrey Hardel
Wausau Police Chief Jeffrey Hardel

WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU) Wausau's police chief says he supports sobriety checkpoints to catch drunk drivers. They're currently not allowed in Wisconsin. The legislature is considering a variety of tougher laws.

Police chief Jeff Hardell tells WSAW-TV that "checkpoints would really reduce the risk the community has". He also says funding for the checkpoints would come from the saturation patrols that the department already uses in the fight against drunk driving. Hardell says he believes the checkpoints would be more effective at catching multiple offenders. He says many OWI arrests involve people being caught for a 3rd, 4th, or 5th time.

It's not clear if sobriety checkpoints have enough support to pass in the legislature. Other ideas include mandatory jail time for third-time offenders and increased use of ignition-locks.