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Judges Ed Vlack, left, and Robert Wing

Judges wrestle with options for handling drunk drivers

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Sentencing repeat drunk drivers is a challenge, say local judges, partly because they can't be sure which penalty will work and partly because they'd like to use some alternatives sooner.

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"For the most part, you're making a lot of these decisions, and there's no way of knowing if you're making the right one," said Robert Wing, who has been Pierce County judge for 24 years.

Wing knows the anguish of sentencing a drunk driver responsible for taking a life.

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