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New Legislation Targets Drivers on Suspended or Revoked Licenses

By: Dana Brueck
By: Dana Brueck

New legislation could cause drivers without a valid license to think twice before getting behind the wheel. It stiffens penalties if they cause a serious, or deadly accident.

Supporters offered emotional testimony during a hearing on the measure Wednesday afternoon. Beth David of Racine told lawmakers a man driving on a suspended license for the 5th time struck and killed her 33-year-old sister, who was crossing the street. Kristy Wanek died early morning New Year's day.

Assembly bill 364 makes it a felony if a driver on a suspended or revoked license causes an injury or death. Drivers faces increased fines and prison time.

David says the man who killed her sister got a fine. No one spoke against the bill during Wednesday's hearing.

One lawmaker who introduced it says the legislation has bipartisan support statewide because the thousands driving without a valid license pose a statewide problem.

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