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Bills aim to curb huffing and driving


EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- Two Wisconsin bills are aimed at changing the law regarding dangerous inhalants. 

Under current state law, inhalants like keyboard cleaner aren't defined as intoxicants. That means when someone uses them and gets behind the wheel, they can't be charged with OWI.

Police can charge the driver with possession of a hazardous substance, which is a misdemeanor or reckless driving. But police say that doesn't get at the root of the problem.

"Whenever that person is not held accountable, I think that there's a higher likelihood that person will take to the road again and another likelihood that that person may not get the court-ordered chemical dependency help that he or she needs," Eau Claire Police Sgt. Travis Quella says.

One bill has been passed by the Assembly and a public hearing was just held this past week.

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