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Legislature poised to pass drunken driving overhaul legislation

MADISON - Assembly and Senate conferees announced they had reached agreement on the legislation at a news conference yesterday.

One key supporter says this is the most extensive revamping a drunken-driving laws in the state's history.

It toughens penalties on repeat offenders, expands a pilot treatment program statewide and broadens the use of ignition interlocks -- the devices that require a driver to pass a breathalyzer test before he or she can start his car.

Sponsors say the new laws should result in a reduction in the number of drunken driving incidents in the state.