Casper, WY – A bill that would toughen penalties for
drinking and driving in Wyoming has support among law enforcement officials in Natrona County.
Currently a fourth DUI in five years is a felony. The bill would make a third DUI in seven years a felony, while a fifth DUI would be a felony regardless of when the first four happened.
The bill has cleared the House and is under consideration in the Senate.
More than twice as many DUI charges were filed in Natrona County in 2007 compared to 2003.
Casper Police Chief Tom Pagel says if drunken drivers aren't able to make changes themselves, the state needs to make efforts to keep such people off the roads.
Natrona County District Attorney Michael Blonigen says supports the bill as well.