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Agencies discuss rising costs of tougher OWI laws

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - While Wisconsin lawmakers consider a half-dozen bills which have been introduced to crack down on drunken driving in the state, agencies which would have to deal with implementing the changes are talking about the cost.

They say the state would have to spend about $250 million as it sends thousands of more people to jail.

Wisconsin would also have to come up with another $236 million to build almost 20 new jails to hold the people serving time for the offenses.

Surveys have showed Wisconsin has the highest incidence of drunken driving among the 50 states.

Public hearings could be held this summer on the legislation.

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